Churchyards which are appropriately managed can provide a haven for wildlife. Many churchyards are surviving fragments of meadow unaffected by modern management regimes and serve as island refuges for local wildlife, including birds, butterflies, bees, hedgehogs and slow-worms to name a few. Churchyards are also particularly noted for the wide variety of mosses and lichens which can be found on old stonework.
Here are a few ideas to make your churchyard a wildlife haven:
|Caring for God’s Acre are a charity who promote the conservation of burial sites and support the volunteers who look after and maintain them. A wide variety of resources including an action pack covering all aspects of churchyard management, training videos and stories from different churches.
|Caring for God's Acre | Weblink
|The Church of England website looks at how to find out what wildlife is using your churchyard and how to encourage it.
Church of England biodiversity | Weblink
Webinar on land and nature | Weblink
|The Suffolk Wildlife Trust
Or you can email Cathy Smith at Suffolk Wildlife Trust
|The Diocese of Norwich and Norfolk Wildlife Trust have teamed up to create the Churchyard Conservation Scheme.
Norwich Diocese | Weblink
Norfolk Wildlife | Weblink
|Churches Count on Nature Week - If you would like to record the wildlife in your churchyard, why not take part in this survey held in June each year.
Churches Count on Nature | Weblink
|Wilder Churches is a new partnership initiative between Somerset Wildlife Trust and the Diocese of Bath and Wells that is supporting communities to get to know the wildlife in their local churchyard, other church land or burial ground and work together to find ways to increase the value of these special places for wildlife.
|Wilder Churches | Weblink
Please do email the Diocesan Environment Officer for more information or to let him know if your church is registered as an Eco Church.