Wildlife in London churchyards: awareness and reality, diversity and distribution

The greenspaces of urban churchyards are home to a surprising diversity of lichens, wildflowers and animals. Emily Castel, Alison Fairbrass, Ishpi Blatchley and Brian Cuthbertson describe efforts to survey the flora and fauna of London churchyards, and explain why these areas provide important refuges for our urban wildlife. Old St Pancras (not to be confused

Caring for God’s Acre

The estimated number of churchyards and chapel yards in the UK stands at more than 20,000, and the average ground coverage of each works out at about one acre (0.4 hectares). The result is approximately 8,000 hectares of green space: a substantial opportunity for nature conservation. When the Living Churchyard and Cemetery Project (LCCP) was

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