Sunday, 24 November 2013

Practical Session Report - November

Over the last couple of years our cuttings heap had multiplied to two heaps, so it was time for it to go. We have no use for compost at the churchyard because we don't want to improve the quality of the soil, as it could lead to lower species diversity with certain grasses and plants out competing many other species. Therefore, Ivan arranged for a local farmer to kindly lend us a trailer that we could fill up to be taken away.

There's a foreman on every job and this job was no exception - in this case it's an opportunistic Robin, who would flit back and forth awaiting a chance to get at any worms our removal of the compost heap revealed. I also noticed this spider's web constructed on one of our Yew trees, it looked rather special with the sun shining though.

As the morning progressed the trailer steadily filled up with fallen leaves and old grass cuttings. I think we tend to do this every two years as we have space enough for a couple of compost heaps. I also liked this tomb, brightened with a spattering of Yew berries. As with every churchyard, ours is a special place.

This session marks our last for the year. With the start of the blog and formally submitting our biological records, a lot has happened during our 15th year of conservation at the churchyard, including being mentioned in the Caring for God's Acre newsletter:
Our mention in the Caring for God's Acre June newsletter.
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Here's an overview of some of our activity during the past year:
10 sessions
1 blog
43 blog posts
1 overnight anchorite
100 biological records consisting of 
plants, birds, invertebrates, fungi, and amphibians.
1 fantastic team of volunteers managing this churchyard for the benefit of wildlife.

So, while it may seem a tad early, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Hopefully see you next year at one of our sessions. The dates can be see to the right and on our 'About' page.

All the best, 

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