Monday, 31 July 2017

July 2017 Session

French cranesbill (Geranium endressii)

This is the flower bud of the devil's-bit Scabious, likely to be over by
our August session.


The gatekeeper, or hedge brown, butterfly (Pyronia tithonus). This is a female.

Yellow meadow ants (Lasius flavus) thrive in our churchyard. This is one
of their nests.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

May 2017 Session

A few photos from the May session:

Yellow Rattle

Something caught my eye... of our wild strawberry plants in flower.

Solomon's Seal

Pignut. This is a great surprise because from one plant a couple of years ago, it appears
to be self-seeding in different locations of the churchyard.

Little robin. While similar to Herb Robert, it has smaller flowers and yellow, rather than orange, pollen.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

2017 Session dates:

March 18
April 15
May 20
June 10
July 1 & 22
August 12
September 9
October 14
November 18

To contact our co-ordinators, click through to the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust website

Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Parish Life - February 2017

I was very interested to read a recent article in the Saturday Guardian by Alys Fowler. In it, she was advocating a messy garden over the winter, to provide a place for insects, especially butterflies and moths, to hibernate. The “old stems, dead leaves, spent seedheads, winter weeds, dying growth” all provide a “winter duvet that protects insects and their pupae and larvae, and that stops the precious top layer of soil being washed away by winter rains and harsh winds.” Personally, I don’t need much of an excuse to leave the garden alone during the winter months. I would much rather look at the frosted landscape and sit inside, in front of a warm fire, whilst planning my seed order from the inviting pictures in the garden catalogues.

We do have a “messy garden” approach in the churchyard. Work is suspended from December until March and we designate an area each year to be left untouched, at least for part of the growing season as well. This is a deliberate way of imitating nature but this patch may look rather unkempt to visitors and locals, who might be expecting to see a neatly regimented and tidy graveyard. Our argument needs no defence; records show that biodiversity is in decline and any extra spot that will act as a haven of undisturbed refuge for a variety of fauna has to be encouraged.

That is not to say that we do not have a plan for the rest of the churchyard as well and this is reviewed and discussed at our annual AGM. This will take place on Monday 13th February at 7.00 p.m. in the Plough, Kington St.Michael. Attendees are welcomed with a free drink, before we get down to business. We would be very pleased to see some new faces joining the meeting, as new ideas are always welcome. Hope to see you there!