One of the UK’s most endangered animals has made its home in our cemetery site. Hedgehog numbers have in recent years declined on a huge scale, in the 1950’s there was over 35,000,000 hedgehogs across the UK, recent studies have suggested that there are fewer than 2,000,000 left in both rural and urban habitats.
So, having one in our cemetery is a good thing. BTC are hoping with a few little changes to the management and care of our cemetery sites to help and encourage the wildlife that calls the older parts of the cemetery their home.
Areas of the old cemetery will be left uncut for periods of the year, encouraging longer grass and wildflowers to grow, this provides; cover for small mammals, habitat, breeding grounds and food for species of butterflies, moths and their caterpillars, these too have been in sharp decline in recent years.
All these form an important part of the food chain allowing larger animals to also establish there..
The main aim of BTC is to increase the bio-diversity of the site and to encourage the use of it for school and college groups, walkers and anyone who just likes being around some of the amazing plants and animals we have on the site itself, whist still maintaining the standards that are expected in an area where families go to remember their loved ones.
BTC are hoping in the future to continue to improve the area with some proposed tree works to help maintain some of our older and more impressive trees whilst also planning for the years ahead by looking after the next generations with new plantings. New interpretation sites will also be installed to aid people in discovering the wonders of nature that are just up the road from the busy town.
This year has also been a bad year for our bees and it was a pleasure to see so many buzzing around the cemeteries in our wild areas. It is hoped that with the hard work and knowledge of the parks team that we can plant areas with insect friendly plants to make Bodmin’s parks and open spacesas environmentally diverse as we can and a nice a spot to enjoy for all ages.
The Red-tailed Bumblebee is a very common bumblebee, emerging early in the spring and feeding on flowers right through to the autumn. It can be found in gardens, farmland, woodland edges, hedgerows and heath- land: anywhere there are flowers to feed on.
All these creatures can be found in our old Cemetery, indeed I have taken most of these pictures on my phone so no need for expensive cameras, just get out there and start looking!
There are mini beast and amazing things just on your doorstep. Just remember to respect the wildlife, look but don’t touch and they will not cause you any harm.
Parks and Open Spaces Manager
Top left - Hedgehog
Top-right - Meadow Brown Butterfly
Above - Long Horn Beetle
Right: Female Red Tail Bumble Bee