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Bats, Churches and Communities


Brown long-eared bats in roostBats in churches

Many ancient churches are also traditional roosting places for bats, perhaps due to the constancy of these buildings in a land where so much of our countryside has been changed and habitats lost.  All bats and their roosts are protected by law because of the declines bat populations have undergone.  Although congregations can often coexist with small numbers of bats, larger roosts can create problems if large quantities of droppings and urine build up over the summer.  In this situation, people may be deterred from holding services and other events at the church, cleaning the church may be difficult or expensive, and artefacts or the church fabric may be damaged. However this need not be the case and solutions to even severe challenges can be found. 

Finding solutions together

Bat Conservation Trust acknowledges the difficulties that church communities face and that churches are important to bat conservation. BCT wants to work together with churches to find solutions that help people and bats. To ensure people and bats can thrive together, a better framework of resources and support is needed to help churches with large roosts of bats and to help church communities access information about bats and how to deal with problem roosts.  

The pilot Bats, Churches and Communities project focussed on improving the guidance and support available to churches that have problematic bat roosts, by bringing together bat experts and people responsible for looking after the church buildings, improving information exchange and working towards solutions that benefit people and bats.

We are now seeking further funding to create a long term Bats, Churches and Communities project to help churches with bats.

 

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