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Summer 2017 Update
For our bat survey on the evening of May 20th, we had a good turnout of eight people, walking around the perimeter of the cemetery. Bats were heard on detectors or observed in four different places. Most of them were common pipistrelles but there was one soprano pipistrelle too. Two bats were heard and seen on the northern perimeter by the old wall. Two more were heard & seen near the lime trees to left of Broadwater gate, including the soprano pipistrelle. Ray heard another common pipestrelle along the path that borders Fishpond field. We saw another bat along the limetree walk but did not pick up it's sound, because it was moving away.
The small mammal survey was carried out over the weekend of 10th/11th June. The humane traps were put in two areas of long grass - one behind the war memorial and another around the apiary. Grass and food were put in the traps and several friends volunteered to check at different points over the weekend. On Sunday morning, Iain and Ray found a field vole in one trap and also clear evidence that a woodmouse had visited, without tripping the shutter! The vole cunningly escaped before it could be wieghed or photographed. However, a more extensive survey is being considered for later in the year.
The Friends are pleased to announce that there will be a Butterfly walk on 30th July at 11am. Meet at the Vestry. Also, Roy Vickery will lead a walk on Uses and Folklore of wild plants at our open day on September 24th.
Spring 2017 Update
The bees have been treated for Veroa and are doing well, so the bee keepers are making new frames Ray has produced a detailed wildlife report covering 2016 (Annual Report Streatham Cemetery Wildlife 2016 PDF)
The friends have decided to hold the following events:
An early morning bird walk with Ray - 22nd April 2017: meet 6 am at the main gate
A bat survey and a small mammal survey in early Summer organised by Dr Iain Boulton
Open Day on September 24th 2017 from 2 - 4 pm
A Spider Walk - to be arranged