Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 20th March 2014.

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Photo of Tony Baldry Tony Baldry The Second Church Estates Commissioner

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.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

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.

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