I'm continuing to survey the wildlife in all the cemeteries managed by Edinburgh City Council. Sallie of a Full Time Life, recently commented on this blog "what a bit city Edinburgh is. So many cemeteries!". To be honest though, Edinburgh City Council area covers a much larger area than the city itself (though the city is growing and many areas that were recently fields are being built on or will be built on soon). Ratho, which I visited today is on the outskirts of Edinburgh, and is still a quiet village
This is a relatively modern cemetery, which is more or less surrounded by fields, above which skylarks were singing constantly throughout my visit.
There are a few trees in this cemetery, including this cherry
Overhanging the perimeter wall of the cemetery is a beautiful pussy willow tree, whose catkins are just starting to burst
There are also several gravestones that feature images from the natural world, including these two birds
A few minutes down the road is the old kirkyard, the historical cemetery, attached to Ratho Parish Church
and there are plenty more lichens here, including this map lichen
I watched a queen white tailed bumble bee flying low around the trees in the kirkyard. There's a good thread on Twitter, here, explaining this behaviour (searching for a nest site).
It's certainly true to say that if somewhere as small as Ratho has two cemeteries, then Edinburgh does indeed have a lot of cemeteries (43 kirkyards and cemeteries managed by the council, plus at least one large private cemetery and at least one Roman Catholic cemetery).