Holy Trinity church contains significant colonies of two of the UK’s 18 species of bat namely soprano pipistrelle and Daubenton’s bats. The bats are attracted here because of the close by food source of insects from the flooded gravel pits and the relatively stable conditions of the building. All of the female bats from the colony come here each summer to have their single young called a pup. Lincolnshire Bat Group have been counting the bats here since 1997 and the latest figures were 685 soprano pipistrelles and 154 Daubenton’s.
As you go across to your next stop on your trail; Tattershall Castle, they share the bats as they swoop between the two buildings! See if you can spot any flying between them as you walk across.
If you want to find out more about bats in the UK make sure you take a look at the Bats Conservation Trust!