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  • A-Z of churchyard conservation

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    Hens and cockerels are also common, often found atop a spire in the form of a golden weathervane. The cockerel is such an ancient symbol for a weathervane that one appears in the Bayeux Tapestry, being added to Westminster Abbey. Many churches, and churchyards, are also havens for live wild or domestic animals. Some have church cats or sheep to graze the churchyard grass. But, only one has a welcome hen; St Mary, Roecliffe, Yorkshire.

  • Ancient Yew Group

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    The Ancient Yew Group exists to raise public awareness of the national and worldwide importance of our ancient yews; to survey, record and monitor their health; to highlight potential threats; to research and collate...

  • Biodiversity action plans

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  • Caring for God's Acre

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    Caring for God's Acre values churchyards and burial grounds for their importance to people and our history and wildlife. Their mission is to champion the conservation of churchyards and burial sites across the British Isles. 

  • Cherishing churchyards week

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    Although we now sing ‘four calling birds', the rhyme originally spoke of ‘colly birds’. Colly is an Old English term for 'black,' from the word 'colliery,' meaning coal mine. Colly birds, refers to the blackbird. The church in Blackbird Leys, Oxfordshire was one of the first Local Ecumenical projects in the country. Built in 1965, it is one of the most distinctive buildings in Oxford, with its curved walls and roof.

  • Churchyard and burial ground action pack

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    The Society aims to raise awareness of the rich variety of church buildings in Greater Manchester and raise funds make grants for repairs. The Society also arranges four visits each year to churches and chapels of interest to members and friends

  • Churchyard and burial ground action pack (English)

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    There are many wonderful bird and animal carvings to discover in churches, including a lovely partridge in the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, West Barsham, Norfolk. On the other hand, there is only one Pear Tree Church. In the ocean city of Southampton, it is the oldest Anglican church in the world, being the first church built and consecrated after the Reformation.

  • Churchyards and wildlife

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  • Creating a buzz

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  • Dogs in churchyards

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