Tuesday 19 April 2022

Revisiting Newington Cemetery

I'm continuing to survey Edinburgh's council managed cemeteries for their wildlife by revisiting the cemeteries that are home to the most wildlife (there isn't enough money for me to do second or third surveys of all the cemeteries, so I need to be selective). Today I revisited Newington Cemetery, which is, in general, very well managed for wildlife.It has a number of mature trees, interspersed with open grassy areas.

There is also a wooded area in the older part of the cemetery, which is lightly managed for it to benefit wildlife

The sun was sometimes shining today and I saw my first butterflies of the year - this Peacock butterfly had hibernated over the winter and is a little the worse for wear

whereas this Speckled Wood looks much fresher 

and this small tortoiseshell is looking very bright too 

There were a few bees flying around too (including Buff Tailed Bumblebees, White Tailed Bumblebees, a Red Tailed Bumblebee and a Common Carder Bee) none of which let me take their photos! Even the hoverflies weren't happy to pose for the camera, except for this Banded Hoverfly (Syrphus sp). 

 It was lovely to see so many insects as so far this year, it has felt like there are far fewer insects than there normally would be at this time of year. 

It was also lovely to see quite a few flowers in bloom. Not just plenty of dandelions, but also chickweed 

and Herb Robert 

and this lovely camellia 

I noticed a blue tit flying into one of the bird boxes in the cemetery, so hopefully that will raise a family! Lots of birds were singing in the cemetery, including blackcaps, chiffchaffs, chaffinches and a song thrush.

Newington Cemetery is also interesting as containing one of the five Jewish cemeteries in Edinburgh 

You can read about the five Jewish cemeteries here. (Thanks Gershon Ben Avraham for giving me the link to that site).


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