Churchyards may not be designated nature reserves, but they can offer special undisturbed habitats for wildlife.
This was amply demonstrated when Phil Dykes, Nature Reserve officer for the Lancashire Wildlife Trust, ran a “Bugs and Birds” workshop at St John’s Church, Hurst Green.
It was the second in a series of “Church Goes Wild” events being organised as part of the church’s bid for its third Eco Congregation Award.
There was an enthusiastic response to the search for bugs in the churchyard. In order to encourage a diversity of wildlife, designated areas of the churchyard have not been mown. Sweeping collecting nets across the long grass collected a wide variety of beetles, spiders, grasshoppers, flies and other bugs.
Clare Hyde, who helped to organise the event, said: “It was great to learn so much about all the bugs and minibeasts living around the church. Who knew there was so much life in a graveyard!”
The next event will be a pottery workshop making bird feeders some time in the Autumn. Visit www.forestofbowland.com/events for more information or phone Clare on 01254 878402.