Flora & Fauna

The flora (native plants) play a very important part in our environment. The Friends of Margravine Cemetery are working to promote the conservation of the flora for the benefit of our community, and for all new visitors to the Cemetery. For many years the grass has been left long in summer in selected areas so that the wild flowers and grasses can thrive and set seed. This helps the bees, butterflies and other insects, which in turn provide food for a great variety of birds. The cemetery is also well blessed with over 300 trees with a wide variety of species. The Friends and the Council have planted many new trees to add to those existing, and to replace any lost through disease or storms.

The fauna (native animals, birds and insects etc) play a very important part in our environment. The Friends put great effort into identifying and conserving the animal life, for the benefit of our community, and for all new visitors to the Cemetery. The fauna include the birds, insects and small mammals. Foxes and squirrels also find shelter in the cemetery, but receive a more varied press.
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Bird Count 2014

Bird Count 2014

Bird count. Scroll down below or click here for the monthly tables. The monthly bird count has a pleasing predictability about it, yet it brings some exciting surprises from time to time. The seasons The winter months are often cold first thing, yet are good for visibility – with no […]

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Moth Survey – 16th July 2014

Moth Survey – 16th July 2014

Background For those new to moth surveys, a large moth trap (see inset) was used over night with its big bulb lit up to attract the moths. The vast majority are active at night. They can enter but not leave, so next morning they are all resting – ready for identification […]

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London in Bloom

London in Bloom

The Friends of Margravine entered the LIB event in the ‘It’s Your Neighbourhood’ category. We produced a portfolio for the judges and took them round the cemetery on July 17th . We were judged as ‘Thriving’ – a great result – only second to ‘Outstanding’. There is a bit of a step […]

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Gardening

Gardening

As early as 2006 – soon after the Friends group was formed – we managed to get a Lottery grant.  This helped us to get started on some planting. The council and BTCV were our partners. Each year we have helped prune the shrubs and hedgerows that we had planted. […]

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2013

2013

November – December 2013 Visitors to the cemetery will have noticed that the chapel is being renovated. This will be the new centre for the gardeners once West Lodge is sold. The exterior and interior of the chapel will be renovated and all services will be installed including water and […]

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2012

2012

November-December 2012 We have had our annual walk round with our borough’s tree officer. A safety check was made earlier in the year and some of the most ailing trees will need to be felled. We have a high number of mature ash trees in the cemetery so are wondering what […]

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