In August 2015
Martin O’Connor of Cherryfield Ecology confirmed that as expected, we
did have bats in the church. Four different varieties at that.
As work got underway on the nave we needed to start re-homing our
flying furry friends. The first stage of this was the
installation of bat boxes in some of the trees. Once bats are found in
the roof structure our licensed “bat wrangler” rounds them up and
settles them into their new homes.
This got underway in Summer 2016 when Martin O’Connor of Cherryfield
Ecology installed the boxes in accordance with our license from Natural
England. As part of our community engagement programme we also held a
“Bat Stroll” in October 2016. A large all age group were
there to enjoy Martin’s presentation about bats before heading
outside to find some, in the churchyard and surrounding area, using
state of the art technology. The evening concluded with a report back
over a warming hot chocolate in the church - everyone had seen at least
The pre-walk talk in the church, note the scaffolding
Out and about looking for bats
During roofing work not a single bat was found, however we know they
are still there as we have the droppings on our new kitchen servery
worktop to prove it!