Churchyards & Biodiversity

Churchyards can be a haven for wildlife, a place for contemplation and a space for worship and prayer.

Churches Count on Nature, 5-13 June 2021

Churches Count on Nature is encouraging churches to host events to record and explore the wildlife and plants in their local churchyard. Sign up here to express an interest and receive an activity pack.

This is a joint initiative promoted by Caring for God’s Acre, A Rocha UK, the Church of England. During this week in June, bring people together to discover the wildlife in their local church yard, recording the species they find, combining their results with others which will be collated on the National Biodiversity Network (NBN), a nationwide database of wildlife in the UK. You can plan an organised one-off event, or a series of short counts, or simply open your churchyard throughout the week for people to explore.

For more information see these frequently asked questions.

Land & Nature training webinars

During Churches Count on Nature week, the Church of England Environment Programme are running a special series of webinars on different aspects of land and nature for a church audience. You can take a look at the programme here: you will find help with managing trees and grasslands, introductions to ecology and biological recording, pointers for outdoor worship and Eco Church, and lots of helpful examples. Places on all webinars are free but must be booked online.

Caring for God’s Acre

Caring for God’s Acre provide a wide range of resources to assist with sensitive churchyard management.

For more information on caring for different kinds of wildlife found in our burial grounds and church yards see Caring for God’s Acre resources on creating Havens for Wildlife.

Burial Grounds to Inspire

Caring for God’s Acre is creating a list of burial grounds which are rich in wildlife and heritage, and have flower rich grassland. This list will be regularly updated and they would love to hear from you if you have any recommendations of sites that could be featured.




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