Cherishing Churchyards - Suffolk Wildlife Trust

To celebrate Suffolk's churchyards as a haven for wildlife, Suffolk Wildlife Trust is holding a series of churchyard discovery evenings throughout Cherishing Churchyard Week from Saturday 3rd June Churchyards can be oases for wildlife in a wider landscape that has seen many changes. They are often rare remnants of lost grassland habitat and have many intrinsic qualities that benefit wildlife. The varying lengths of grass, headstones, pathways, mature trees and shrubs, as well as the outside of the church building itself all provide vital habitat for nesting, breeding, feeding and refuge for a wide range of species. Tracey Housley, SWT Conservation Adviser, will be running three events at churches across the county. At each event visitors will be able to find out more about the church and the wildlife found in its grounds. All events are free: 5 June, All Saints Church, Hollesley; 7 June, St Peter's Church, Westleton; and 9 June, St Mary's Church, Great Bealings. Tracey will be joined by stag beetle expert Colin Hawes in Great Bealings, where he will be speaking about his work to protect this fascinating and threatened species. As part of the evenings Tracey will be inviting visitors to get involved in a mini wildlife-audit, identifying and recording species found on the night to log with the biological records centre. Full details >