At the end of 2019, sightings of peregrine falcons started to increase and vergers spotted droppings and remains of the birds’ food at the top of the tower.
In December Raptor Aid, Gloucestershire Raptor Monitoring Group and Cirencester Wildlife Group installed a peregrine nest and have installed a camera with a television screen in the church so that visitors can watch the peregrines.
The churchyard was awarded a grants for gardens diocesan Wildlife Garden Grant and have used the money to install two bird boxes and two bat boxes, planted five new trees and 20 new evergreen shrubs.
If you’re interested to find out more and to visit the peregrines, the church is celebrating Love your Burial Ground Week and will be holding guided tours around the churchyards at St John Baptist and Holy Trinity Churches.
Could you do something similar in your churchyard? A small Grants for Gardens Environmental Fund has been dedicated to helping local parish churches to deliver new environmental projects. Plans that improve the churchyard which include new approaches and innovative ideas as well as sustainable approaches to supporting your local environment are potentially eligible for grants of up to £250.
The money for these grants is based on central service staff mileage contributions with support from Ecotricity and Gaia Energy.
Listen out for John Tiffney, Chairman of the Friends of St John Baptist Churchyard on BBC Radio Glos this Sunday at 7.40am.