Churches Count on Nature

Churches Count on Nature will run for a second year during Love Your Burial Ground week, from June 4 to 12.

During this citizen science event people will be welcomed to churchyards and encouraged to record what animals and plants they see. The data will then be collated on the biological records hub – the National Biodiversity Network.

Last year an amazing 540 groups organised events resulting in over 17,000 new wildlife records. More than 4,000 people got involved. The top three birds recorded were blackbird, robin and woodpigeon, the top three trees were Yew, Sycamore and Hawthorn and the top three insects were Bumblebee, Honeybee and Hoverfly.

Through this initiative more insight is being gained into the importance of churchyards and other burial grounds as refuges for nature. With over 20,000 across England and Wales these special places have never been such crucial havens for wildlife!

If you would like to submit records of the wildlife seen in your churchyard, or run a Churches Count on Nature event, simply head to Caring for God’s Acre where you can see a map of last year activities and access the supporting resources.

Churches Count on Nature is a joint initiative promoted by Caring for God’s Acre, A Rocha UK, the Church of England and the Church in Wales.