Volunteers wanted to survey East Yorkshire churches for signs of bats this summer

A clarion call as been issued for volunteers across East Yorkshire to survey the area’s churches for bats this summer.

Friday, 18th June 2021, 5:46 am
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 churches. Photo coutresy of Hugh Clark/www.bct.org.uk
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 churches. Photo coutresy of Hugh Clark/www.bct.org.uk

The 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 churches.

The surveys run from the beginning of June to the end of August and are Covid secure with guidelines provided for participants.

The study is led by Bats in Churches, a five-year project funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, bringing together partners from the conservation and heritage sectors to reduce the damage that bats can cause in churches while also protecting their roosts.

Claire Boothby, training and survey officer at 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.

“We want to understand the factors affecting bats use of churches and also get a better picture of the impacts (both positive and negative) on those caring for these buildings.

“By helping unveil the mystery, by looking for evidence of bats and speaking to a representative of the church this summer, you’ll help us to provide better advice and guidance for both church and bat conservation.”

No prior knowledge needed to take part in the study.

Participants are encouraged to share their experiences on social media using #ChurchBatDetectives.

Find out more and register to take part in the Bats in Churches Study at bit.ly/BiCStudy.