Community green spaces

Churchyard by Juliet Hawkins

Churchyards, allotments and village greens all play an important role in helping link habitat for wildlife. Even the smallest of actions can have a big impact. In this area of the website you will find ideas for improving your local green spaces along with examples of how community action is helping to turn around the fortunes of species in decline.


Grassland, pathways and graves

Many of our churchyards have escaped the agricultural intensification and changes in land use that has caused the dramatic loss of semi-natural habitat seen elsewhere. For this reason churchyards can be very important for wildlife, providing a refuge for a wide range of wildflowers, birds, animals and invertebrates. With sensitive management this wildlife can be encouraged without detracting from the spiritual and contemplative role of the churchyard. 

Churchyards often contain a number of different semi-natural habitats that with careful management can provide a home for wildflowers and wildlife. See our guide on how to manage these spaces.


Suffolk has few natural geological outcrops, so our ancient buildings and stonework provide a unique habitat for a range of wall plants. See how to manage wallplants and why they are so important.

Fern by Steve Aylward


Whether trailing, forming part of a hedgerow or growing up a tree trunk in a churchyard, the foliage, flowers and berries of ivy provide an excellent habitat for wildlife throughout the year. Find out how and when to manage ivy where you are.

Ivy by Amy Lewis



Allotments may be the only significant wildlife habitat in urban areas and as such are an important refuge. See how you can bring your allotment to life with a few small changes.


Wildlife where you live

Let us help you create a wildlife haven that you and your neighbourhood can enjoy.

Shining examples of community action for wildlife

Save our Suffolk Swifts

Developments in construction, renovation and insulation have had a severe impact on Suffolk's swifts. See how you can help safeguard these amazing birds at your community site.

Suffolk Community Barn owl Project

Just ten years ago the numbers of breeding barn owl were dangerously low. Now, with intervention from Suffolk Community Barn Owl Project, numbers are at their highest recorded levels. See how you or your community group can help.


Barn owl by Gary Cox

Identifying the wildlife where you live

Identifying and recording wildlife

There is pure joy in experiencing nature in our gardens, whether it is frogs, toads or even rare great crested newts in ponds; peacock and tortoiseshell butterflies around a window box; or grass snakes, badgers and owls in larger outside spaces. Find out where to identify and record your sightings.