Wednesday 27 July 2022

Craig the Cat Gives another Guided Tour of Craigmillar Cemetery

 I'm continuing my work surveying the wildlife in the 43 cemeteries managed by Edinburgh Council. Yesterday, I surveyed Mortonhall Cemetery and the grounds of the Crematorium, but doe to issues with my camera memory, I don't have any photos of that visit! (You can see photos from my previous visits to this cemetery here and here.)

Today, I revisited Craigmillar Castle Cemetery, the newest cemetery in Edinburgh. As last time (see this post), I was given something of a guided tour by Craig the Cat.

 Craig is a very capable tour guide 


but does need to have regular rests

This cemetery has wonderful views over to the Pentlands at one side 

and Arthur's Seat and the Salisbury Crags at the other 

There is a lovely flower bed planted with a range of flowers that are enjoyed by pollinating insects, including mayweed  and common poppy

though there weren't many insects there when I stopped by (possibly because the flowerbed was in the shade at the time, though the recent declines in insect populations have been very obvious).

The ornamental chives and Lambs' Ears at the other end of the cemetery were being visited by a good number of bees, including this Buff Tailed Bumblebee

I saw a few butterflies, including a Comma, a Small Skipper, a Small Tortoiseshell and a few Meadow Browns. None of them stopped for their photo (but you can click on the links to find out more about each species). I've entered all my butterfly records into the Big Butterfly Count, which runs until 7 August.


Caroline Gill said...

Craig looks exactly my kind of tour guide! I'm glad you are getting butterflies, even if not perhaps in the numbers you might hope for. It will be very interesting to see this years BC Big Butterfly Count results in due course as some of our records (positive and negative) have surprised us. Small Tortoiseshells have not been abundant, but unlike a few years ago, at least we have seen a trickle. Lots of Graylings on the heath, a buttefly I have only ever seen twice before.

Crafty Green Poet said...

Hi Caroline, Craig is a lovely guide! I've not seen many Small Tortoiseshells this year either and a lot more Small Skippers than ever (they're really thriving now in Scotland, having only arrived here a short while ago). The Butterfly Count results will be interesting.

Lowcarb team member said...

Isn't Craig a lovely guide ...

All the best Jan