Rectory Lane Cemetery, Berkhamsted

Rectory Lane Cemetery, Berkhamsted

Wildlife activities

Rectory Lane Cemetery is Berkhamsted’s hidden nature haven. We have an ongoing programme of activities to involve community groups in creating and enhancing habitats for wildlife. Local schoolchildren, Beavers, Cubs and Scouts, our friends from the Chiltern Society and our own volunteers have all been involved in projects to encourage insect life, birds and animals. We even have our own bees – it is literally a hive of activity!

If you want to bring a group into the Cemetery for a wildlife activity, get in touch!


Bug City

The 1st Berkhamsted Cubs and Beavers came to Rectory Lane Cemetery and created more wildlife and insect habitats, including a Bug City!  They also showed how much they knew about bees as they chatted to our bee keeper.


Big Garden Birdwatch

We keep our bird feeders topped up and hold family Big Garden Birdwatches, reporting back our sightings to the RSPB, with the help of our knowledgeable volunteer ornithologist.


Beekeeping

Our volunteer beekeeper maintains two hives at the top of the cemetery – a fascinating learning opportunity for visiting children – and produces delicious Rectory Lane Cemetery honey, which we sell. We hold annual Bonkers about Bees events where we bring together beekeepers, enthusiasts and wild bee experts.

 


Beetle and Bug Hotel

The Beetle and Bug Hotel created by Chiltern Society Volunteers and opened by MG Leonard, author of the Beetle Boy series of children’s books at the 2019 BerkoFest Book Festival.


Bat walks

We conduct bat walks with the help of Herts & Middlesex Wildlife Trust volunteers.  We have identified the signals of the Common Noctule, the Common Pipistrelle and Natterer’s bats.

 


Family birdbox building

Birdboxes made at our Family Birdbox Building events with 1st Berkhamsted Scouts – and now regularly inhabited.

 


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