Tingewick Churchyard Project

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A Haven for Wildlife

More than 100 species of wild flowers and grasses and over 90 varieties of lichens grow in the churchyard.

Robins, wrens and blackbirds are frequent visitors and you may see Europe's tiniest bird, the goldcrest, perching in the yew tree. See if you can spot the small holes left by long-tailed field mice.

The churchyard is also home to a vast number of insects. Molluscs are less common, but important species include the grove snail, garden snail and Kentish snail.

Seasonal highlights

Spring - The time to see the wood anemone (1), which is rare in North Buckinghamshire churchyards. This delicate native flower often indicates the site of ancient woodland. You are also likely to see lady's smock (2), cowslips, primulas, snowdrops and bird-in-a-bush.

Summer - Look out for yarrow, white bryony, rose bay willow herb and meadow cranesbill (3).

Autumn - Most flowers have died down, but the berries of hawthorn (4) and Lords-and-Ladies provide a splash of colour.

Winter - An ideal time to enjoy the subtle whites, yellows and browns of the lichens (5), mosses and liverworts (6). Lichens do not have roots and take their nutrients from the air and the rain. They help to protect the stonework on which they grow.

Did you know?

The wood anemone (1) features in many legends. The Romans used it as a charm against fever, but for the Egyptians and the Chinese it was the flower of sickness and death. Despite being poisonous, wood anemones have been used as a cure for headaches, gout and leprosy.

Lichens (5) are used in a range of products, including deodorant, tooth whitener and lice powder.

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