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SPECIES OBSERVED/RECORDED IN AND AROUND THE CHURCHYARD
Recording of species commenced in May 2001, no records were kept in 2002 but vistits to record flora in 2003 were undertaken in Spring and early Summer. These were done on an amatuer basis and do not constitute a formal botanic survey, grasses have not been identified. We now have obtained a 'key' and are hoping to continue and expand our recording methods.

Regular observations have been maintained to note other wildlife such as mammals and birds. Insect species whilst noticed have not been formally recorded.

WILD FLOWERS
The Meadow Saxifrage (opposite) once only seen in areas where grass was left uncut becuase of the spring bulbs has now been seen in more that one location, the Pignut continues to do well and a number of species that have not been noticed previously have been recorded: Bugle, Common Vetch, Crosswort, Greater Stichwort, and Oxe Eye Daisy.

There are a number of grass species that remain to be identified.

In Spring 2004 the Meadow Saxifrage became well established in significant numbers, although this predominantly remains in the areas of flowering Spring Bulbs. The Lady's smock did less well in 2004 but this was thought to be due to a dry Spring.

The wildflowers are indicator species of ancient woorland:
Meadow Saxifrage ‘…found on grassland & hills;not very common’
Phillips, R. (1977) Wild Flowers of Britain, London, Pan Books Ltd.
'Meadow saxifrage and pignut two indicator species of ancient meadowland..'
Greenoak, F. (1989) A matter of life and death, The Times Educational Supplement 2/6/89

Click here to view the 'cummulative' results of the flora observed on the following dates:
19th May 2001, 11th May 2003, 31st May 2003 and 15th June 2003.

MAMMALS
A number of mammals have been seen when the grass was cut and collected, these included: Bank vole, Common Shrew, Field Mouse and Field Vole.

Mole activity is noticeable together with a population of rabbits. A stoat has been seen crossing the road between the churchyard and hedgerow opposite, and bats can also be observed over the summer.
INVERTEBRATES
Many butterflies have been noticed in and around the churchyard in particular the ‘Brown’ species. Bees have made a nest in the Wildlife area, and for the first time dragonflies have been seen in the garden opposite the churchyard.

On the open day in May 2004 a mini-beast hunt took place led by Colin Slator accompanied by a number of children. Many 'bugs' were found including a rather large stag beetle which was the 'star' catch of the day. An ants nest in a memorial urn was also discovered together with as yet un-recorded creepy-crawlies amongst the log pile, and a good time was had by all!

BIRDS
Swallows nested in the porch, whilst the blue tits have been more innovative and taken advantage of the ancient wood of the Lych Gate. Great tits have also made their home in the churchyard and other visitors or residents have included: Magpie, Wood Pigeon, Collared Dove, Finches and Sparrows whilst evidence of Owl activity has been seen and heard.

During the 2004 open weekend a wren's nest was discovered with chicks in it, a nesting box was occupied by a Tree Sparrow and a Pied Wagtail was seen darting in and out of the Lych Gate which it appeared to claim as its nesting site.

SPECIES LIST
Barn Owl
Blackbird
Blue Tit
Chaffinch
Collared Dove
Goldfinch
Great Spotted Woodpecker
Great Tit
Greenfinch
House Martin
House Sparrow
Kestrel
Magpie
Pied Wagtail
Song Thrush
Spotted Flycatcher
Starling
Swallow
Swift
Tawny Owl
Tree Sparrow
White Throat
Wood Pigeon
Wren
last page update:
05 April 2010
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