Conservationists carry out bioblitz at north Norfolk church yard

Norfolk Wildlife Trust churchyard bioblitz at Thorpe Market church. Picture: SUBMITTED

Norfolk Wildlife Trust churchyard bioblitz at Thorpe Market church. Picture: SUBMITTED - Credit: Archant

More than 170 different species were recorded during a wildlife survey at a north Norfolk church yard.

Participants in the Norfolk Wildlife Trust churchyard bioblitz at Thorpe Market Church. Picture: SUB

Participants in the Norfolk Wildlife Trust churchyard bioblitz at Thorpe Market Church. Picture: SUBMITTED - Credit: Archant

A rich variety of animals and plants were spotted during the bioblitz at St Margaret's Church at Thorpe Market.

Discoveries included tawny owl pellets, toads and frogs and plants such as oxeye daisy and damp ringlets, which were found growing in the church yard for the first time.

Organised by Norfolk Wildlife Trust the event included guided walks, conservation and wildlife talks, a churchyard quiz.

Wildlife and community officer Gemma Walker said: 'Despite the torrential rain we managed to record over 170 different species in the churchyard, which included 40 different lichens.'

The event was part of Norfolk Wildlife Trust's two-year County Wildlife Action project to work with local communities to learn about the wildlife on more than 100 sites.

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