The Church

Watlington church was built largely in the 13th and 14th century, out of a warm orange-brown carstone.

Inside is an early 16th century font carved with saints and apostles. The bench ends are mostly original, carved with various animals and representations of the seven deadly sins. There are some restorations and new carvings through, including an ichthyosaur hidden away in one corner!

This is a busy, friendly church with close links to the village. They host a flower festival and an annual celebration of creation, Care for Our Earth every October.

The Solutions

The church is home to a colony of Common Pipistrelle and Natterer's bats. This is a very active church who can manage the cleaning and at the moment live happily alongside their bats at the moment.

The Bats In Churches project has been supporting the church by funding bat surveys to allow them to carry out much needed repairs to the chancel roof.

The project is helping to fund bat walks and activities at the Care for our Earth festival. We are also planning to work with the local school to run our Bats in Churches education programme.

Upcoming events

If you’d like to contact or find out more about the church, visit their page on A Church Near You