Wildlife conservation at St Martins Churchyard Shotesham
Coordinator for Conservation Group: Bob Harris
Overview: Primarily a site for people to enjoy, but with some important benefits for wildlife. The tower is used by Jackdaws for nesting and the value of the churchyard for wildlife can be improved by managing some of it for wildflowers (and therefore for Butterflies, bees and other insects) whilst keeping the rest of the site mown for public enjoyment of the site including picnicking and events. The site is managed by the PCC in close cooperation with the Conservation Group.
Amended Site Management Plan following meeting between PCC (JT, RH, RC) and Conservation Group (RW, FM) on 5th June 2014 (continues in 2015)
South side of the churchyard. A band about 3 metres wide will be kept cut adjacent to the church wall, to provide a recreation/wandering/picnic area for the public. The rest of the meadow on this side will be managed by the conservation group with the long term aim of creating a good wildflower meadow. This may take several years to achieve and may look somewhat untidy along the way! Paths through and around the perimeter of the meadow will be maintained by the PCC.
The other 3 sides. The intention here is to keep these areas mown so that they are available for quiet recreation and to maintain the best appearance for the church when viewed from the road on this side. The only exception will be the existing triangular patch running from the south east corner of the church which has a good flora already. This will be cut in the autumn. The Conservation group will do a first cut and rake of the whole area and then hand over responsibility for all of this area to the PCC.