I was intrigued by a conversation with a previous vicar who informed me that bats were no problem in High Church establishments where there were plenty of bells and smells, gongs and pongs] Being a practical woman and having none of these resources to hand, I burnt joss sticks in the middle of the church while using my industrial Hoover. This continued for most of last summer.
This year the quantity of bat droppings has been modest in the extreme. Of course there is no proof of a connection, but if it works for other besieged churches too, this would seem a very simple way of encouraging bat colonies to rehouse themselves, perhaps in some of our redundant churches, to the satisfaction of all concerned.
CYNTHIA A. STANFORD
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