St Nicholas Church &

Community Centre Project

Bats in the Belfry

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Bats in the church

Churchyards and churches are a haven for wildlife, both in urban and rural areas.  In our village and surrounding countryside we are lucky to have plenty of woodland and fields which are not subject to the type of farming which prevents wildlife thriving.  If you sit quietly in St Nicholas’ graveyard you may be surprised by the variety of birds etc which you will see.

If you live near the church you may also be aware of the bats flying around at dusk.  We know that at least some of them live in the church.

We have 3 types of bat resident in the church

  • Pipistrelle
  • Long eared
  • and Natterer’s bats

They are protected by law.  They cause a nuisance generally, because of droppings and urine on the floor and pews.  We are also not permitted to disturb them during the breeding season which limits, even things like emergency repairs.

We have been enrolled onto a government scheme called ‘Bats in Churches’ which aims to find solutions to the bat problems so that we can live together in harmony.    Unfortunately, because of Covid-19, the Bats in Churches programme for 2020 was abandoned and so we engaged a local ecologist and bat volunteer.  The team was able, definitively, to say that we currently have only one type of bat (brown long eared) and only a small roost of about a dozen bats.   The team were also able to identify the entrance point high up in the eaves of the nave and so Natural England were happy that work on the roof could proceed with caution from 1st September.

We will remain in the Bats in Churches programme so please contact us if you have an interest in monitoring the bats and helping us live harmoniously with our furry friends!

Coronavirus and the Bats – update

Please see the Bats update to the left in bold italics