Church of England Diocese of Gloucester Parkend and Viney Hill

4 Ecology

St Paul's is now a Key Ecological Site within the Forest of Dean. Recent work in the church has revealed the presence of several types of bat including the Lesser Horseshoe Bat. The outside walls and grounds are rich in rare and unusual lichens, fungi and insects; and we have large influxes of birders each spring to see our Hawfinches and Crossbills (with rumours of the lesser (or never!) spotted woodpecker). Stop-press (5/19) - we now have Bee Orchids in the grounds!

The church itself has made several steps to reduce its carbon footprint - low energy lamps, recycled paper and a very energy-efficient CH system which draws out all the heat into the church. 10/19 We have now registered  as an Eco-Church and are working towards our Bronze Award - fingers crossed!

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