Sunday, 1 June 2014

Parish Life - June

June is our birthday month and our work and celebratory session is a week earlier than usual. It takes place on Saturday 7th June, as some of us are attending the Bishop’s Award ceremony the week after, on 14th June. This annual event is a chance to meet people from other Churchyard projects located all over Wiltshire. This time, it is being held by St. Margaret of Antioch Church, Chilmark, in their village hall. There will be talks on identification of grasses, Farming for Wildlife and in the afternoon, a discussion on “pleasure and problems” of maintaining a churchyard for wildlife. Refreshments and lunch are provided for a modest contribution of £7.00. We shall be collecting our Bishop’s Award for another successful year of management at St. Giles’. (if you are interested in attending, please contact Ivan or Liz)

This month should see plenty of invertebrate activity in the grounds of the church. Spiders hoping to snare a meal, such as the small green spider, Araneus cucurbitinus, so-called because it is cucumber-coloured! Butterflies on the wing, such as Small Heaths, Speckled Woods and Meadow Browns may be seen, and moths such as Burnished Brass or Light Emerald (such brilliant names!) may be disturbed by our working. Bush Vetches, Trefoils, Red Campion and Betony should be in flower. Our birthday party will be a chance for a mid-year review of achievements so far, as well as an excuse to eat a bacon sandwich and/or a slice of birthday cake. As always, anyone interested in our project is very welcome to attend. We shall be carrying out our usual maintenance tasks, as well as the above. Tools and gloves will be available. Please come and join us to help celebrate our birthday! The date for your diaries is Saturday 7th June, 9.30 a.m. to 12 noon.

Contributed by: Liz Cullen, Co-ordinator. 

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