Since 1995 the churchyard has been
managed for wildlife. Although the management is not officially
within the ambit of Henley Wildlife Group, the Group take an interest
in the wildlife there. Advice from the Berks, Bucks & Oxon
Wildlife Trust indicated the need for little change from the existing
mowing regime (largely dictated by available manpower!). Close
cut areas are maintained next to the building, along the North
boundary and to access paths. Other areas are cut less frequently
and the remainder once a year in rotation, thus diversifying habitats
for wildflowers, insects and animals.
A very chalky subsoil results in a rich flora.
Floral surveys conducted by Roy Maycock for BBOWT in 1992 and
by Linda Carter in 1999 listed 150 wildflowers and over 60 "species
usually found near habitation"and cultivars. Two species
of fungi, rare in Oxfordshire, have been found by Professor Richard
Fortey. To mark the Millennium a small "quiet garden" was
formed in an unconsecrated area, part of which is given over
to wildflowers not otherwise present in the churchyard.
Consequent upon the rich flora, many species
of butterfly are present; some 19 to 21 are regularly recorded
in annual returns to Butterfly Conservation which advises this
is one of the greatest number from churchyard returns in Berks,
Bucks & Oxon.
Birdlife is also plentiful. Green and Greater
spotted woodpeckers and Spotted flycatchers are seen as well
as the now less common song thrush, also wrens and long tailed
tits. Mammals are present including foxes, a badger, muntjac
deer and hedgehogs.