Although the work we are doing at the cemetery is about clearing the overgrowth from graves we are also very conscious of the wild-life that is present there. The cemetery as an open space is an oasis of nature in the midst of the surrounding housing developments. Whilst paying attention to the graves we would also like to preserve as far as possible the nature of the place as well.
We decided that a survey of the flowers and wild-life in the cemetery would be a good start. We approached John Whetman from Devon Wildlife Trust to come along and do that initial survey for us. The idea would be to repeat this next Spring for comparative purpose and to pick up any other species which would be more prevalent at that time of year.
The results of this initial survey are contained in a spreadsheet which can be accessed through the following link: