I'm continuing my job of making wildlife surveys of all the council managed cemeteries in Edinburgh. Today I visited South Leith Cemetery, an ancient churchyard which is now surrounded by modern buildings and sits right next to a shopping centre.
It's an attractive churchyard
and is full of grey squirrels! There were at least ten of them chasing each other round the gravestones and it was quite tricky to catch one on film
Someone was in the churchyard feeding nuts and seeds to the squirrels and pigeons, I got the impression that they get fed every day! The feral pigeons lined up on nearby roofs
watching over the cemetery and flying off in a flock once in a while.
Some of the gravestones had good numbers of ladybirds on them, mostly the invasive Harlequin ladybirds unfortunately, but also orange and 2 spot ladybirds which you can see in the photo below, crowding together with the Harlequins.
There's a secret seating area in the cemetery, hidden away, with a couple of nice benches