Churchyard Nature Note with Andrew TompsettAugust 2014
August, a quiet time
The churchyard and the woods are at their quietest in August. The spring chorus has ceased and the birds are moulting their old feathers in readiness for the coming autumn.
There are still a few birds to be heard but none of the springtime excitement. Amongst these the wren still keeps up a song as he produces a late brood and the persistent 5 note call of the wood pigeon continues and can be a rather doleful note especially in the early morning when one wishes to sleep. Meanwhile the occasional ‘chip, chip’ of the wood pecker is heard in the wood but the springtime drumming seems to have ceased.
It is good to see that major pathways have been levelled and rolled smooth before the winter rains return. Also, the churchyard team, by mowing a network of new pathways has given us opportunities to explore and enjoy different vistas within our historic churchyard.
One of our visiting students proposes to carry out a special study comparing the wildlife in the churchyard with that in the adjacent cemetery. This should be interesting.