St Mary's Ashwell


St Mary’s church is an important habitat for bats.  All our building work respects the needs and behaviours of bats.  A current monitoring project is underway and in the past we have run bat walks and bat watches.  In the autumn of 2020, a pair of peregrine falcons were resident on the tower.  Although we provided a nest platform, the pair did not nest in the spring of 2021.  The platforms remains and we will be monitoring the activity around the church in the autumn of 2021.  The churchyard provides a habitat for hedgehogs, badgers and other native wildlife.  The headstones in the churchyard host a significant population of lichens.