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Summer Flowers & Butterfly Spotting Guides

27th July 2022

We have started a series of printable Spotter Guides to use at events or pop on notice boards to encourage visitors to identify what they discover. We now have summer […]

picture of butterfly spotting guide

The Beautiful Burial Ground Project Wins Award

11th July 2022

We are absolutely thrilled that our Beautiful Burial Ground Project, funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund has been awarded the Best Practice Award for Knowledge Sharing (2022) by the […]

Liam Taylor, Data Manager, receiving the award from CIEEM

Bats in Holy Trinity Church, Tattershall

7th June 2022

On a summer’s evening, the grand medieval building of Holy Trinity Collegiate Church in the pretty village of Tattershall in Lincolnshire comes alive. Hundreds of tiny, furry brown soprano pipistrelle […]

Bats in Churches noticeboard

Commonwealth War Graves – More than meets the Eye

24th May 2022

 The author Barbara Cooper is a retired Royal Air Force officer and a volunteer for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC). The views expressed below are hers alone and do […]

Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing, Ypres

Simple signage to reassure visitors when leaving grass to grow longer

17th May 2022

If you plan to have wild flower areas in your burial ground that are welcome by visitors, communication is key. Conservation in these unique places is all about active management […]

sign in churchyard

Helping Hedgehogs

27th April 2022

The hedgehog is the UK’s only prickly mammal, but it’s in trouble. Despite being voted Britain’s Favourite Wild Mammal, hedgehog numbers have been declining for many years. Research published recently […]

Hedgehog in leafy undergrowth

Flowers and immortelles on Graves – A Welsh custom?

22nd March 2022

It seems very likely that the custom of placing flowers on graves was unique to Wales (at least withing the UK), until the middle of the 19th century. Some of […]

immortelles on graves

Graveyard Guardians

31st January 2022

“Don’t look up!” – good advice for the fainthearted crossing a churchyard at dusk – you may encounter fearsome faces leering at you from above. This article explores the wonderful […]

The Holly and the Ivy

1st December 2021

Of all the trees that are in the wood , the holly bears the Crown. But should the holly be king of the forest or is there a strong case […]

holly tree with berries

Kathleen Gifford – an inspirational churchyard champion at 93. All Saints, Crudwell

8th November 2021

In September 1939, 11-year old Kathleen Gifford was whisked away from her London home. She was evacuated to Charmouth, where she spent nine happy months exploring the Dorset countryside. When […]

Butterfly Monitoring

18th August 2021

Burial grounds, rich in butterflies and moths, are also rich in other invertebrates, so managing sensitively for butterflies will help a whole range of other invertebrates too. We have a […]

A joint project with the University of the Third Age (U3A)

12th July 2021

All Saints Church in Wokingham, Berkshire, has a major initiative underway to develop into an accessible and flexible community meeting space while retaining its role as a place of worship. A […]