Pupils from St Mary’s School in Henley are studying the churchyard of Holy Trinity Church for
Pupils from St Mary’s School in Henley are studying the churchyard of Holy Trinity Church for a science project called “plants and pollinators”. The independent school was chosen by the Royal Society, the UK’s national academy of science, to receive a partnership grant that will enable local scientists to work with teachers. The children are working with Jodey Peyton, an ecologist from the Centre of Ecology and Hydrology in Wallingford. They will quantify plant resources in the churchyard, collect data on floral species and pollinator numbers and carry out broad taxon identification of the pollinators. They will carry out repeat surveys on pollinators over the summer and then analyse the data and link what they have found with global declines in pollinators. Reporting and analysis will continue during the winter with another comparative study next summer, so the school can entering the project in the Henley Environmental Science Competition. Parishioners and visitors to the churchyard can expect to see orange canes that mark the small areas where the studies are taking place.