- Wildlilfe Sites Officers
Tel: 01234 364213
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Grassland habitats within churchyards have become havens for wildlife following the extensive loss of ancient, unimproved meadows and pastures.
Nowadays, churchyards can form the remaining fragments of old, unimproved, wildlife rich grasslands and they are often the last refuge within a parish for the species and habitats that they support. Even churchyards that are less rich in wildlife have an important role to play in linking sites and making it possible for threatened species to move from one site to another.
- Churchyard management advice leaflet – produced by BCN Wildlife Trust with the support of the Diocese of St Albans, Diocese of Ely and Diocese of Peterborough.
The Living Churchyard Project
This aims to help churches manage their churchyards in a wildlife-friendly way, while being sensitive to the needs of all the users and in particular to its primary function as a resting place for the dead and a contemplative place for their friends and relatives.
Judith Evans is promoting the Project within the Diocese of St Albans and is able to provide sources of reference, guidance and advice. Read more
|Basic Payment Scheme update|
Paper forms have now been made available for farmers and agents to apply for the new Basic Payment Scheme and the deadline has been extended by a month to June 15. The announcement was made after the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) failed to bring the online system up to full functionality in time to meet the application deadline. The online system will only need to be used for registration. For more information about submitting your claim by June 15 click here.
|Bedfordshire’s 2014 Wild Places Newsletter|
As 2014 is drawing to a close, I thought it was time to produce the sixth ‘Wild Places’ newsletter. This newsletter is produced specifically for owners/managers of wildlife sites in Bedfordshire. The latest edition includes articles on the Rural Development Programme update, traditional orchards, the forthcoming BSBI Plant Atlas 2020 and more. I hope you find it interesting.
|Flora Locale Training Workshops 2015|
Flora Locale are offering a programme of training and demonstration events. Read more
|BCN Wildlife Trust Training Courses|
The Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire is offering a series of training workshops in 2015. These range from species identification to habitat management and practical conservation. Read more