THE Bats in Churches project is appealing for volunteers in Yorkshire to come forward and help with the final year of the National Bats in Churches Survey, a citizen science project to discover more about how and why bats are using churches.

It is thought at least 60 per cent of pre-16th century churches in England house bat roosts.

Bats in Churches, a partnership between heritage and conservation organisations, is calling for volunteers to search for bats this summer.

The Bats in Churches survey began in 2019. Last year the project discovered bats in just over half of the 219 churches surveyed and they recorded a total of nine bat species.

Overall, 13 different species of bats have been recorded in churches so far.

Claire Boothby, training and surveys officer at Bats in Churches, said: "The findings will go towards guidance documents to help churches and conserve both the buildings and the bats."

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