Bats rehomed in Nunney Church

Nunney Church
Nunney Church

As part of a move to restore the nave roof its former glory, Nunney Church has moved a protected bat colony to a state-of-the-art new roost.

Nunney Church Roof
The nave of Nunney Church before and after the “temporary” ceiling tiles were removed.

The beautiful barrel-vaulted ceiling that was originally in Nunney Church rotted away in the 1950s, and was given a ‘temporary’ repair of steel trusses which were hidden from view by plastic ceiling tiles.

Not only were these unsightly, but they provided the perfect roosting environment for a colony of Lesser Horseshoe bats, a protected species.

As part of the move to restore the nave roof to something approaching its former glory, a new home for the colony had to be constructed above the vestry.

Nunney Church Roof
The interior of Nunney Church in 1907, showing the original barrel-vaulted ceiling and clerestory windows

Under licence from Natural England the new roost was made by Roy and Lee Pearce and was pronounced ready for use on 19 January 2015 by the appointed ecologist.

Lesser horseshoe bat
Lesser horseshoe bat
When the bats return at the start of the maternity season later in the spring, they will be attracted by smell to the new, insulated roost.

The ceiling tiles were removed the following day and the nave ceiling, steel trusses and all, saw the light of day for the first time in nearly 50 years.

The next move is to bring back the four dormer windows that previously flooded the church with light.

Raise the Roof concerts in Nunney Church continue as part of the fundraising campaign. Kings School Bruton’s Big Band will be entertaining everyone on 2 March 2015 and The Tom Connors Memphis Jazz Band will be playing at another fabulous evening of Trad Jazz on 28 March in Nunney Village Hall.

Visit Nunney works closely with the Friends of Nunney Church to continue the well-attended local history exhibitions in the church next year as well.

Contact information
Hilary Allom
Telephone 01749 850 857
Email [email protected]