Churchyards and biodiversity

Caring for God’s Acre

Caring for God’s Acre provides 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.

Nationwide digital churchyard mapping project 

The Church Heritage Record contains over 16,000 entries on church buildings in England, covering various topics, including architectural history, archaeology, art history, and the surrounding natural environment.. A website gives access to the map which is and will also enable the charting of biodiversity and green technology


Churches Count on Nature

Churches Count on Nature is a joint initiative in June promoted by Caring for God’s Acre, A Rocha UK, the Church of England. Each June, churches are invited to put on events to discover the wildlife in their local church yard and record the species found.

“On 6 June we took part in 'Churches Count on Nature' a national initiative aiming to record wildlife in church yards. We had a count at all three churches - St Cuthbert's, St Mark's and Holy Trinity. In total we had 39 volunteers including members of the churches, the local wildlife group and WI. The weather was 
lovely and everyone enjoyed their afternoon including a welcome cup of tea and piece of cake!

We posted some pictures on Facebook this week showing some of the amazing variety of things found. We are now leaving areas of all three churchyards un-mown in an effort to improve the habitats for wildlife. In time we hope that these areas will be full of flowers and provide relaxing contemplative spaces for people to visit.”

- Helen Forbes, Parish Environment Champion, St Cuthbert’s Allendale

Churches Count on Nature have a number of videos resources for you to watch. 





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