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Swallows, House Martins and Swifts – Birds of summer that need our buildings

9th May 2019

Guest blog post written by Peta Sams from Shropshire Swift Group The saying “One Swallow doesn’t make a summer” may, literally, have been disproved this year!  Certainly the very hot days over the Easter holiday has made it feel like as though we have moved to summer and spring has now gone. I saw my […]

Hedgehogs in burial grounds

9th May 2019

Guest blog post by Hugh Warwick, Ecologist, Writer and Communications Officer for the British Hedgehog Preservation Society The graveyard on North Ronaldsay is, like the island, fairly small. The drystone wall surrounds the upright head stones – giving some protection from the wind that is a very constant companion on this, the most northerly of […]

A little bird told me – New evidence supports the work of those caring for churchyards!

27th March 2019

Guest blog post by Kayleigh Hunt – BSc Zoology graduate and churchyard management advocate. As our world becomes ever more urbanised and agricultural practices more intensive, it is important that our pockets of green space are protected and preserved. Churchyards can often be the only remaining unimproved green area within fragmented landscapes and therefore have […]

A Graveyard Matter

13th March 2019

Guest blog by Chris Riley from Cressage, Shropshire As a recent incomer to Cressage, I have wanted to involve myself usefully with local people in the local community. Then I saw that our churchyard was to receive a visit from the charity Caring for God’s Acre. This organisation, based in Craven Arms, helps maintain and […]

Yellow Rattle – guest blog post by Nick Mann, Director of Habitat Aid

5th March 2019

Yellow Rattle, Rhinanthus minor Yellow Rattle, or Hay Rattle, or Cockscomb, used to be a common plant of short grassland. The rattle of its delicate disc like seeds was traditionally a harbinger of the harvest. It’s a pretty annual wildflower and is still found across the UK, including Highland Machair. We think there are at least […]

Churchyard crosses, especially in Herefordshire

25th February 2019

Guest blog by Judith Leigh – Trustee, Caring for God’s Acre and member of Diocesan Advisory Committees  Historic churchyard crosses are often overlooked by visitors to churches, but they are likely to be the largest structures in a churchyard. There are important, rare, examples from the early Christian period but the more familiar ones date […]

Birds in Burial Grounds Part 2: How to improve burial grounds for birds

25th January 2019

Guest blog by John Arnfield – Chair, Shropshire Ornithological Society     If you have a list of birds seen in your burial ground we would love to hear from you – contact liam@cfga.org.uk or pop to our ‘Share your records’ page.

Birds in Burial Grounds Part 1

25th January 2019

Guest blog by John Arnfield, Chair of Shropshire Ornithological Society If you have a list of birds seen in your burial ground we would love to hear from you – contact liam@cfga.org.uk or pop to our ‘Share your records’ page.

Pushing up the Daisies – upcoming lectures on churchyard wildlife

11th January 2019

Naturalist Steve Woodward is giving three lectures under the title of ‘Pushing up the Daisies’ over the next three months. All are to be held in the Leicestershire area. Steve is a superb botanist and all round naturalist. He has achieved a remarkable level of recording for churchyards in Leicestershire and Rutland. With such a […]

Finding the plot with Shropshire Archives – a guest post by Marie Kreft

8th January 2019

When I began researching my Shropshire guidebook, I didn’t realise how much I’d grow to love churches. Trying new pubs and tea rooms was always going to be fun. I knew exploring hillforts, castles and forests would feel exhilarating. And I think most writers would find inspiration in old maps and local stories. It was […]

We need your vote!

23rd October 2018

Making short films to support burial ground volunteers We are appealing to our partners and supporters (who understand the challenge of managing burial grounds!), to vote for our project in the Aviva Community Fund competition. https://community-fund.aviva.co.uk/voting/project/view/4-2216

Natural History in Churchyards – a guest blog by Steve Woodward

10th September 2018

NATURAL HISTORY IN CHURCHYARDS Steve Woodward Churchyards are well worth exploring for their flora and fauna. Helen Ikin and myself have confirmed this on our many visits to local churchyards over the last few years. They are (usually) pleasant places to wander slowly, looking for wild flowers among the headstones, trying to identify the planted […]