The wild pale lilac crocuses which cover a large area of the old churchyard were magnificent this year and they even raised their heads again as the snow melted! The churchyard is now officially part of the Norfolk Wildlife Trust Churchyard Conservation Scheme. Emily Nobbs from the Trust came to advise us on which parts of the churchyard could be managed as conservation areas.
We now have two; a fairly shady rectangular area at the rear of the church (it’s hoped that some of the lower branches can be removed to lift the canopy slightly in order to reduce the amount of shade) and a sunny triangle at the front nearer to the roadside. They both have their own “cutting and removal of grass” regimes. If they are successful, in that they encourage more wildlife, then the area at the front of the church may become a permanent feature and the rectangle at the rear of the church might be enlarged slightly next year.
Emily, along with Malcolm Turner who did such an excellent survey last year, will do a wildlife survey this summer and a moth survey is also planned.
Our cutting and raking-off session for the conservation area behind the church is planned for Saturday 30th June at 10:30am. Please come and join us if you can. The scheme is a long-term plan, but maybe in ten years or so the churchyard, which is already so rich in wildlife, will enjoy even greater biodiversity.
Claire Lawrence, 01328 700145.