According to estimates, up to 6,400 parish churches in England may be used by bats. All bats are protected species and Natural England, the Government's statutory wildlife adviser, needs to be consulted in advance of any work that might affect bats or their resting sites (roosts). Click here to go to their website. In most cases careful planning will allow work to be undertaken without causing delay to the project or disturbance to the bats. Click here to access our advice on how to deal with bats and their roosts.
However in some cases large roosts can cause major problems. The Cathedral and Church Buildings Division has been working closely with Natural England to find a way forward and is currently involved in a funding bid for a large scale partnership project aimed at providing effective support to buildings where bats are having a negative impact.
There have been a number of research projects on which this bid has been based. One of these was undertaken by the University of Bristol working with the Bat Conservation Trust to see the results click here.
Bat case study 1 - Holy Trinity, Tattershall
Bat case study 2 - St Andrew, Shalford