Wednesday, 17 December 2014

End of year review 2014

It's hard to believe that we've come to the end of another year at the churchyard. It's been an exciting year where we've not only done our standard work, but also done extra activities such as testing the soil pH of the churchyard.

We've also had a good time looking a bit closer at the plants of the churchyard, such as this leaf from a perforate St. John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum), so named due to the little perforations in the leaf. As well as looking at how we can increase the level of yellow rattle in certain areas of the churchyard.

This year, one of our co-ordinators, Ivan Randall, was awarded a lifetime achievement award from the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust for his outstanding voluntary work over the years.

We also recorded a higher number of flora this year compared to last year, with an extra 7 species (only 3 of which are ferns that we didn't include last year for whatever reason). We've also uploaded 71 biological records this year, which while lower than last year's figure; is still impressive for such a small churchyard.

We've met some great people over the year, as some new faces pop in to help out. Hopefully they'll come and visit us again next year.

However, that's it for this year. Our AGM is in January and we'll be making plans for 2015, which I'll upload afterwards.

Thank you for reading our blog and we wish you a happy Christmas and a wonderful 2015.

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