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Over half of historic churches thought to house bats, but it could be many more


It is thought that at least 60 percent of pre-16th century churches across the country contain bat roosts, but this is an out of date estimate, it could be many more and it’s likely to vary widely across the country.

For centuries, bats have been associated with churches and in some cases these historic buildings are home to national and even internationally important bat roosts.

The Bats in Churches Study aims to understand how and why these protected mammals use church buildings and is appealing for volunteers to come forward to help by searching for evidence of bats in their local church. The surveys run from the beginning of June to the end of August and are covid secure with guidelines provided for participants. MORE

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