Community Green Spaces

Suffolk Wildlife Trust

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.

Cathy Smith - Suffolk Wildlife Trust

If you would like to arrange an advisory visit to your Community Green Space contact Cathy Smith or call us on 01473 890089.


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. 

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Suffolk has few natural geological outcrops, so our ancient buildings and stonework provide a unique habitat for a range of wall plants. 

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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. 

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Suffolk Wildlife Trust hopes to improve the health of the region’s ponds to create a spectrum of aquatic zones in which a myriad of creatures can find the right kinds of spaces to flourish.

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

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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.

Shining examples of community action for wildlife

Swifts by Bill Baston

Swifts by Bill Baston

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.

Barn owl Suffolk Wildlife Trust

Barn owl by Michael Baker

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.