Love Your Burial Ground Week with Churches Count on Nature
Join in with this dedicated week to celebrate your burial ground!
From Saturday 4th to Sunday 12th of June.
Are you taking part in Churches Count on Nature? If so, please run an event during this week.
Together with the Church of England, Church in Wales and A Rocha UK we are asking churches from all denominations to use Love Your Burial Ground Week as a springboard to start recording the wildlife within their churchyards. So, if you fancy running a wildlife spotting event in Love Your Burial Ground Week then please join in with Churches Count on Nature.
Burial grounds can be ideal places for introducing people to wildlife and local heritage. Activities in previous years have included teddy bear picnics, family bug hunts, dawn chorus (followed by breakfast!), illustrated talks, wildflower identification, tree trails, leaf bingo, tower tours, family history, memorial recording, volunteer work party sessions and more! Take a look at the map from 2021 to gain inspiration.
You may choose to run one event, several or to have an open day for people to drop in and record what wildlife they see. By spanning two weekends we hope to make it easier to find a time that suits you. If you are recording wildlife during the week, please submit your records to us. We would love to know everything you see – from the smallest ladybird to the largest yew tree. Last year over 17,000 wildlife records were submitted. For information on how to share your wildlife records with us please click here.
For helpful resources on running an event please visit this page.
Would you like copies of our Starter Guide to help people get started with recording wildlife? You can see the Guide at www.caringforgodsacre.org.uk/resources/starterguide . Email [email protected] if you would like copies in the post.
We will also include one of our Field Studies Council fold-out charts – Guide to Wildlife of Burial Grounds.
Whatever you are planning, please register your activity so we can help publicise it.
Watch our 3 minute film below to find out more.