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