Latest News from Eastbury Eco Church

In 2022, St. James the Greater Church in Eastbury became an A Rocha UK Eco Church Bronze Award winner. In 2023 the church completed its energy audit to provide a pathway to energy efficiency and net-zero carbon by 2030. Churches across the Oxford diocese are rewilding their churchyards to encourage biodiversity and provide a rich habitat for flora and fauna to flourish. For more information on how the churches are responding to the environmental crisis facing our planet, please see here.

Eastbury Church’s eco events are coordinated by Oxford Diocese Environment Deanery Lead, PCC member, Eco Champion Team Leader and Deanery Synod Rep. for St. James’ Eco Church Deborah Phillips, who shares their latest news with us.

April News

On Saturday 1 April several wildlife enthusiasts met at Eastbury Church to record the number of bird species heard and seen between 8.30am and 9am. In total an impressive 19 species including blackbirds, chiffchaff, linnet, blue tit, skylark, green woodpecker, robin, pheasant, collared dove and long-tailed tit were observed in St. James the Greater Eastbury Parish churchyard during the half hour bird count (and if you include the mallard heard flying overhead, the total was 20).

The occasion brought together seven twitchers undeterred by the pouring rain. Thanks them we have a record to compare in seasons to come. The group used the BirdNET Sound ID App that identifies birds by sound. This is a free citizen science platform that helps researchers & conservation projects. We are hopeful that numbers of varieties will increase with eco friendly maintenance methods of the churchyard and surrounding gardens and farm land.

The next event at Eastbury Church will be the Churchyard Nature Count on Friday 28 April as part of the Bus Safari along the valley during the Green Bank Holiday Weekend in the Lambourn Valley.

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