This June, we had a really successful week observing Churches Count on Nature, a national initiative to encourage people out into the churchyard to observe and appreciate – and count, nature! During the week we welcomed a cubs group and groups from two different local schools into the churchyard where we discovered trees, creepy crawlies and other nature found in the churchyard, activities including bug hunting and taking tree rubbings. Then Saturday evening we set a moth trap to see what moths we have in our churchyard – what a wonder it was, so many moths, of so many different varieties! And then on Sunday a group of about a dozen spent about an hour outside recording what nature we could see- from grasshoppers, soldier beetles, to wrens and goldcrests, to oak tree and ivy! The results will be collated and sent off to Caring for God’s Acre to help record and protect the biodiversity in our churchyard! Many thanks to all who got involved this year in Churches Count on Nature.