Wednesday 30 March 2022

St Cuthbert's Cemetery

 After a few beautiful, unseasonably warm days, it's back to chilly weather! I braved the low temperatures today to revisit St Cuthbert's Cemetery to continue my work of surveying the wildlife in all the cemeteries managed by Edinburgh City Council. 

St Cuthbert's Church is at the West End of Edinburgh's city centre and the graveyard sits right next to that of St John's Episcopal Church (which manages its own cemetery independently of the council). So the photo below shows St John's Church but St Cuthbert's Churchyard.

The cemetery is definitely coming into bloom with daffodils 

and Glory of the Snows 

If the weather had been as warm as it was on Monday I might have seen some butterflies, but as it was, the only colourful insects I found were a couple of ladybirds, still hibernating including this Harlequin. If you look carefully there's another ladybird behind it, one of the variant forms of 2 spot ladybird, I think.

Two mistle thrushes were wandering around the cemetery. This one posed so long on this gravestone, I began to worry it might be ill

but then it flew down to the grass, energetically poked around for worms then flew into a tree, so I think it was probably okay. 

You can read about my previous (much sunnier!) visit to St Cuthbert's in this post.


Caroline Gill said...

Glory of the Snows ... what a wonderful name!
So pleased you found the ladybirds. We have sleet forecast for tonight, so there is probably not much chance of seeing much around here tomorrow.

Amila said...

St Cuthbert's Church looks like a beautiful and attractive church with amazing architecture. These daffodils and other flowers are beautiful too.

Crafty Green Poet said...

Hi Caroline, it's been sleeting here today, though with periods of bright sunshine in between! And yes Glory of the Snows is a wonderful name for this pretty flower!

Hi Amila, thanks for visiting!

Jeff said...

I've been to that one, too. A beautiful place.

Rajani Rehana said...

Beautiful blog

Crafty Green Poet said...

Hi Jeff, I'm glad you were able to visit this kirkyard when you were in Edinburgh! It is beautiful.

Thanks Rajana

Rambling Woods said...

I love old churches.....