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Wilder Churches: Exploring ways to enhance your churchyard for wildlife

Location: Online , via Zoom
Third online event as part of ‘Wilder Churches', a partnership initiative between Somerset Wildlife Trust and the Diocese of Bath and Wells

Event details


7:00pm - 8:30pm
A static map of Wilder Churches: Exploring ways to enhance your churchyard for wildlife

About the event

This is the third event for ‘Wilder Churches’ – an initiative to support communities across Somerset as they get to know the wildlife of their local churchyard and work together to find ways to increase the value of these special places for wildlife.

To help nature recover, we need more people to take action for nature and we want to support them at each step along the way. Pippa Rayner, Somerset Wildlife Trust’s Engaging with Nature Coordinator, will in this session provide advice and support on potential beneficial actions for wildlife in your churchyard, other church land or burial ground.

Everyone is welcome and if you’ve missed the sessions so far you can still join in! Pippa will outline some of the many ways you can help wildlife in your churchyard and which options will work best where. This will include examples of what some communities have already achieved in their local churchyard and what they have learnt along the way.

Ensuring everyone in your community has a chance to share their ideas and thoughts on how the churchyard is cared for is also really important. Pippa will suggest ways to consult your community and together identify actions for wildlife that work for your community and the church. 

David Maggs (Mission Team Leader and Diocesan Environment Officer) and Sara Emmett (Assistant Diocesan Environment Officer) from the Diocese will be on hand to support and provide guidance on things to consider when planning to take action for wildlife in your churchyard, including any restrictions that might be in place or permissions you may need to gain.

If you’ve missed the sessions so far we recommend you ‘catch up’ on recordings of each event here as Wilder Churches is an ongoing programme of online training that guides communities through each important step towards managing your churchyard with wildlife in mind. The first session introduced Wilder Churches and why churchyards are so special, with the second focussed on getting to know the existing value of your churchyard for wildlife, a vital first step.

So please join us and continue the journey to making your local church wilder…




Suitable for

Adults, Experts, Beginners

Contact us

Pippa Rayner

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