Churchyards, with their variety of mature trees, are often good places to see local wildlife and St John The Baptist Church of England churchyard in the village of Sutton-at-Hone in north west Kent is a great example of this.
I have been visiting this churchyard for over thirty years and the number and variety of birds which can be seen at this location has remained high, where in many places they have decreased. Most of the bird species that can be found in this churchyard are relatively common species, but a few locally uncommon and rare birds are reliably found here. however, it is the variety of species and relative ease of seeing them, in pleasant and peaceful surroundings, that make Sutton-at-Hone churchyard an interesting place for local wildlife enthusiasts.
Here I will talk about the birds of Sutton-at-Hone church and mention some of the things that make them interesting. I hope you enjoy reading about them and that if you live in the area, you will go and look for some of these species in the churchyard.