Sunday evening, 30 April, 2017, the weather did not encourage to walking or watching nature. Also the bats that just returned under the freshly renovated church roof, were reluctant to leave their cosy shelter.

However, quite large group of locals and visitors from sometimes very far, like Gdańsk or Warsaw, joined the Night with the Mouse-ears event – watching the exit of bats for their evening hunt. At 7pm, the group gathered in the church to listen to and watch the presentations of the parish priest and the bat researchers on the history of the shrine – earlier used as a tserkov of Kosma and Damian, nowadays as the Roman Catholic church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. The newest event in the building’s history was the renovation of its roof. The whole roof cover has been replaced in frames of the LIFE Podkowiec+ project. It secured heads not only of parishioners, but also of the much smaller inhabitants of the attic, the Greater Mouse-eared bats.

After the presentations, all people went outside to see with their own eyes how bats leave the building. Fortunately, despite cold and illumination by the moon, part of the colony decided to fly out to get some food and to make the spectators happy.

The event, that celebrated end of the renovation was organised jointly by the Polish Society of Wildlife Friends “pro Natura”, The Parish of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, and the Gmina (Commune) of Sękowa.