Mid Norfolk church hosts Bat Night to launch research
This Saturday All Saints Church in Swanton Morley will host a family Bat Night to launch its part in the HLF Bats in Church research project, giving people of all ages the opportunity to learn about bats in church residence and to celebrate these endangered creatures.
All Saints Church in Swanton Morley has been chosen as one of three churches to pilot a £3.8m Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) project which aims to find practical solutions to problems experienced when bats are in residence within church buildings and are causing difficulties for the congregation.
To launch All Saints as a pilot church in the HLF Bats in Church project, the Swanton Morley church will be hosting a Bat Night this Saturday, August 12, 6.30pm – 10pm.
The family friendly event will give people the opportunity to learn about the resident bat population and watch them emerge from the church at dusk. For children there will be a treasure hunt to learn about the church and some batty craft activities. Light refreshments will be provided.
The five year HLF Bats in Church project is run in partnership with Natural England, the Church of England, Bat Conservation Trust, Historic England and the Churches Conservation Trust. It aims to save endangered bats and protect the churches they live in.
Because of a loss of natural woodland habitat, it is estimated that at least 60% of pre-16th Century churches contain bat roosts. The protected creatures can cause maintenance problems and restrict the use of the building for the congregation.
The best solutions discovered through working within the three pilot churches will be shared with hundreds more churches facing the bat challenge across the country.
The Bat Night event costs £5 for adults and children are free.
All Saints Church, B1147 opposite Rectory Road, Swanton Morley, Dereham, NR20 4PB
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