Wilder Churches - a new initiative
Wilder Churches is a new partnership initiative between Somerset Wildlife Trust and the Diocese of Bath and Wells that is supporting communities to get to know the wildlife in their local churchyard and work together to find ways to increase the value of these special places for wildlife.
Churchyards are often the oldest enclosed piece of land in a parish and many still support a rich variety of wildflowers and wildlife, having remained unscathed from the widespread loss of habitats seen in the wider countryside due to changing land management practices.
The Diocese of Bath and Wells oversees 477 parishes of over 900,000 people in the county and they are working with us to bring communities and church leaders together to learn more about their churchyards and how they can manage them with wildlife in mind.
Key to the initiative is the ongoing support provided to anyone and everyone interested in being involved. Launched on 24 March 2021, regular, free online training sessions are supporting communities to take positive action at a pivotal time for nature.
Online Wilder Church events coming up
We have the next dates lined up for online training (via Zoom) for church leaders and communities on how to support biodiversity and wildlife in their local churchyards. You can watch the first session from March via the video below.
28 April and 30 June
Wilder Churches session one
This is the first session in a series of online training and guidance. It took place in March 2021.