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Lingwood St. Peter.
Grid reference: TG 360 090.
Parish: Lingwood & Burlingham.
Habitats: Lowland grassland.
Main conservation interest: Meadow flora.
Conservation status: Included in the NWT Churchyard Conservation Scheme
Management: In the care of Lingwood Parochial Church Council. Managed by BADCOG since 1992 in collaboration with the PCC & NWT
Location: Lingwood Church is located to the North West of the village.
How to get there: The Church is easily accessible from the A47 at North Burlingham via Lingwood Lane. From the railway station, turn left and go past the King’s Head Public House until you reach a T junction (approx 400m). Turn left again, go past the village pond on your left and continue up Church Road. The church is approx 600m from the pond.
Parking: If visiting by car, parking is available in the Lingwood Parish Council cemetery car park.
Lingwood Churchyard conservation area is small, approximately 15m x 30m, taking up most of the SE corner of the churchyard. Its eastern boundary is marked with a bank, lined with both mature and recently planted oaks. In the centre of the site there is a well established yew. The area is marked with signs indicating that it is part of the NWT churchyard conservation scheme. One main work-party takes place annually, with supplementary work being carried out before and after the main work party (pre- cut and clearance of vegetation). The annual mowing regime has made a small impact on improving this area, allowing the more delicate wildflowers to flourish. Bluebells and ox-eye daisies are on the increase, whilst harebell and lady’s bedstraw are still present. Toads, bank voles and hawk moths have been recorded during work-parties and bees’ nests are a constant hazard. Pipistrelle bats have also been detected using the BADCOG Bat Detector. The rest of the churchyard is cut regularly by parishioners and the whole churchyard is surrounded by mature trees and hedgerows, offering good nesting areas for birds.
In 2010, a wildlife survey was carried out and the results can be found by following this link.
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