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17th Jun, 2021

Volunteers urged to sign up to 'bats in churches' survey

BATS in the belfry? A call for volunteers has been made to survey local churches for bats this summer.

It’s part of a national survey run by the Bats in Churches project and no prior knowledge is needed to take part.

It is thought that at least 60 per cent of pre-16th century churches across the country contain bat roosts, but this is an out of date estimate, it could be many more.

Bats have been associated with churches for centuries 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 June to the end of August and are Covid secure.

Claire Boothby from the Bats in Churches Project said: “We know churches are important for bats, but we are still in the dark about how many of the 16,000 Church of England churches are used by these protected mammals.”

Find out more and register to take part at bit.ly/BiCStudy.

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