North Dorset Nature – The Wildlife-Friendly St James Churchyard
Next month, hundreds of churches across England and Wales will be taking part in a weeklong survey of the creatures and plants found in their churchyards.
Church land is often uncultivated and undeveloped for many generations, so conservationists regard it as an important refuge for plants and wildlife.
People are being encouraged to visit churchyards between the 5th and 13th of June and record the plants, mammals, birds, insects, and fungi they find there as part of the Churches Count on Nature event.
Bill Walsh is a churchwarden at St James’ Church. He told Alfred’s Alexandra Richards how St James’ churchyard is managed with wildlife in mind.