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Wildlife Background
The wildlife area was conceived following observation of the native Spring flora that appeared each year on the Southern side of the churchyard prior to the grass cutting season. At a Churchyard committee meeting in April 2000 the principle of establishing a wildlife area within the churchyard was discussed.

In September a report was prepared and proposals were presented to a meeting of the PCC in November of 2000.

' Proposals in outline:

  • Delineate a wildlife area
  • Management regimes
  • Removal of redundant store shed
  • Establishment of composting area
  • Encourage use of site as an educational resource and forge greater links with school.
  • Encourage birds and mammals
  • Communication/interpretation
  • Future development'

Extract from the September 2000 report.

The following Spring 2001 an area was 'pegged out' and a new mowing regime instigated to leave this area out of the regular mowing cycle. The wildlife area was officialy 'launched' at an open day on the 19th May 2001, where the proposals were displayed to the public, and various activities took place.


The following is an outline of our plans developed in May 2003, some of these have been achieved and are highlighted in red

Short Term
Erect signs.
Parish magazine, articles on progress.
Medium Term
• Interpretation panels.
• Record species in a database.
• Involve school (relationship already established, school are interested in being involved and establishing wildlife area within their grounds).
Composting area.
More open days.
• Create seating area within wildlife area.
• Propose children take part in RSPB great garden birdwatch.
Develop CD-ROM and website information.
• Continue to communicate
Long Term
• Produce series of leaflets.
• Quarterly magazine articles
Develop trails and information on the churchyard as a whole, including work on its heritage.
• Extend information to include area adjacent e.g. the hedgerows and areas of interest around the village.
• Regularly record and monitor e.g. by means of phase 1 survey work.
• Use as an educational resource.
Develop relationships with similarly minded parishes and continue to learn and exchange information.
• Consider other ways of creating habitats and modify the management regime where possible and acceptable.
• Continue to communicate

last page update:
07 October 2014