Churches Count on Nature

I am sure you will have heard in the news about the decline in biodiversity that our nation is experiencing.
Churchyards are often seen as a crucial haven for wildlife and in the second week of June many churches are recording the wildlife in their churchyards and reporting what they find to the National Biodiversity Network. This should provide useful data on what is happening to wildlife and enable decisions to be made on what actions can best be taken to help recovery.

We would love your help in recording the animals and plants that inhabit St John’s Churchyard. We hope this can be a fun activity for all the family. We will not assume you are an expert and there will be books and information sheets to help with identification, together with fun sheets for the children.

We would like to make this a family occasion and have chosen the time for our count as:

Sunday 12th June from 12noon to 2pm

We invite you to join in and to bring a picnic so we can eat together too.
There is no need to register – just turn up to St John’s Church. We recommend that you wear gloves and stout footwear. We would ask that all children are accompanied and supervised by a responsible adult. If you have a clipboard, you might find that useful, also a pencil/pen and any books/apps you have to help identify wildlife.
If you have a particular expertise or general knowledge about wildlife and nature, we’d love to hear from you. Please do get in touch beforehand via the church office.

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