Kingston Cemetery is nowadays a splendid place for wildlife (see earlier posts for fungi, birds etc.). Over previous winters we have undertaken winter bird surveys and last years results are posted on the window at the cemetery office. Both night roosts and pre-roost gatherings of several bird species are of interest: Jackdaw, Starlings, Ring-necked Parakeets as well as small passerines. These song birds are using trees in the environs, including the Cambridge Road Estate, where last night we counted a tree roost of >32 Goldfinches. The birds could be attracted by the 'Cemetery effect ' as well as the warmth around the buildings on the estate. It demonstrates the importance for wildlife of large trees in the urban environment.
|Tree damage caused by dogs|
Many large trees have been removed from the estate in recent years and some will die slowing as a result of trenching operations and vandalism. The council have belatedly placed tree guards around some of the trees to prevent the exercising of dogs jaws around the bark although some of the newly planted birch trees at 'Ely Court' have died. If you see this happening on new trees let the council tree officer know so that something can be done to protect them from further damage. These trees have an important benefit for wildlife and the majority of people really care about them, as was apparent from comments received, whilst we were undertaking the above count.
Here are the rather belated tree guards that took six months to install but having established the process, with the help of the ward councillor, lets hope subsequent guards can be provided in good time. On the right are Oyster mushrooms found on a tree across the Cambridge Road at Cambridge Grove Gardens. Very little remains of the former landscaped gardens, which surrounded the former sanctuary for the elderly.
|Brown Roll Rim|