Now that the weather is finally warming up we can start carrying out bat surveys. As you can see from the photograph above (taken early one morning from the Tower) the area around the church is fantastic habitat for bats. Whilst we have often seen bats flying around the churchyard we are not aware of any using the church as a roost. In order to be sure we have asked John Drewett of John Drewett Ecology to carry out a number of emergence surveys for us. John and his team will visit the church just before sunset and wait to see if any bats emerge. Because different bats emit calls at different frequencies we should also be able to determine which species are present.
Our volunteers will also be carrying out informal surveys at sunrise and sunset so don't be alarmed if you see people around the churchyard at odd hours over the next few weeks!
Our thanks again to the Heritage Lottery Fund for supporting our Development Phase so that we can carry out investigations like this.
All Saints Roof Repair Project Team.