Second Church Estates Commissioner Questions Minister on Bats in Churches

On Wednesday 20th March 2013, the Second Church Estates Commissioner Sir Tony Baldry MP posed a written question to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs George Eustice asking about the plans to mitigate the impact of bats upon churches

Tony Baldry MP

Sir Tony Baldry: To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what steps his Department is taking to mitigate the impact of bats on churches; if he will set out a timetable for such steps; and if he will make a statement.

George Eustice [holding answer 18 March 2014]:DEFRA has commissioned research to identify techniques that can be used to deter bats from sensitive areas of churches. We plan to publish the findings soon, it is anticipated that Natural England will then participate in work to trial techniques identified by the research in several churches during the course of 2014 and develop a toolkit and advice pack for use by the beginning of 2015.

Via: Parliament UK