£3.9m Natural England project to protect bats and churches

A Natural England project to help churches that host large bat roosts has been granted £3.8 million of funding by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The money will help deliver a five-year partnership project, “bringing together wildlife, heritage conservation and church organisations to save bats and protect churches for future generations,” according to Natural England.

The UK’s bat population is protected by law because it has suffered significant historical decline. Loss of natural habitats means some bat species have been forced to find safe havens in buildings including historic churches, according to Natural England, but the bats can cause damage.

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