English Heritage is the lead body in England concerned
with the conservation of the built environment. Its principal activities include the
management of over 400 ancient monuments and historic properties in its direct care, the
awarding of conservation grants to assist owners of ancient monuments and historic
properties and the provision of advisory and education services, including statutory
advice to Government.
English Heritage considers all wildlife to be an integral part of the
environment we manage and work closely with other government bodies (in particular English
Nature) and non-government organisations to ensure that the interests of flora and fauna
are taken into consideration when managing historic properties. In most instances
management for the historic and natural environments is mutually compatible, but where
conflict does arise we work with other agencies to find an acceptable compromise.
In conjunction with English Nature we have published advisory
guidelines on 'bats in churches' which considers the conflicts and offers management
advice for reducing damage. We are planning to publish management guidelines for
cemeteries early next year.