BioBlitz at St Martin’s Churchyard
Churchyards and other burial grounds play an important role in the built environment, often representing one of the few green spaces that urban communities have access to as well as often having significant heritage value. They are also important havens for wildlife and can be rich in biodiversity.
St Martins Churchyard in Liskeard was selected for enhancements for wildlife under the European Social Fund funded Making Space for Nature project delivered by Cornwall Council, and is now enjoying the first season of the colourful and nectar-rich wildflower meadows that were part of the investments made.
On 17th July the site will host a BioBlitz led by specialists from the Environmental Records Centre for Cornwall and the Isles if Scilly (ERCCIS), offering members of the public a chance to contribute to important records of the state of nature on the site.
The BioBlitz is a race against the clock to record as many species as possible. It is also an excellent opportunity to learn new identification skills in this fascinating site that is suitable for finding an array plants, animals and fungi.
In attendance to lead guided walks and share her identification expertise will be Laura Fox from the Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s Wildlife Information Service. Other wildlife experts will also be on hand to help identify plants, insects and anything else that can be found in the churchyard.
Laura Fox says “Species records are vital to ensure we understand how wildlife in the county is doing and inform important research such as the recently published State of Nature for Cornwall. A BioBlitz is a great way to quickly discover what species can be found on a site. The more people we have looking, the more we will find.”
The event is suitable for all age groups and abilities and will run from 10am to 1pm on Saturday 17th July. Those who can make an earlier start are invited to join the opening of the live mammal traps at 8am.