The churchyard features a range of varied habitats, from
the tall mature Yew trees Taxus buccata to dense hedgerows of
hawthorn with ivy growing through them, and open grassland.
If you look closely in the tussocky grass at the northern end of the churchyard you
can see runs possibly made by field voles, bank voles and wood mice. Moles are also
evident from time to time - look out for their molehills! You may spot the tracks of
larger mammals such as foxes or badgers - and may even be lucky enough to catch
a glimpse of them. Amphibians including frogs and toads are regular visitors, and the
area has a colony of Great Crested Newts - a protected species.
Bumblebees, butterflies and birds abound. Bumblebees nest underground - often in
the disused homes of small mammals. Butterflies are attracted by the wild flowers,
and birds by the insects, the abundant seeds and the variety of nesting places. Look
out for the Jackdaws Corvus monedula - a small black crow with a grey neck, seen
all year round in pairs or groups. It’s quite an acrobatic flier!