DATE of event: 1st May 2016
TIME: 5.00am to 7.00am
Join the Friends of Longden Road Cemetery and local ornithologist Peter Carty of the National Trust for a Dawn Chorus walk around the cemetery looking and listening for birds. The event is being organised by the conservation charity Caring for God’s Acre and the Friends of Longden Road cemetery. The national charity Caring for God’s Acre, based in Craven Arms, supports the Friends with the conservation of Longden Road cemetery. The Dawn Chorus walk is free of charge but donations are welcome.
An important place for its wealth of natural history, Longden Road Cemetery is a peaceful haven for a range of birds such as wren, blue tit, long tailed tit, chaffinch, greenfinch, chiffchaff, starling and song thrush. Dating from the1850’s, the cemetery has a Grade II listed chapel, cloisters and grounds of 30 acres which are open to the public all year. The broad range of plants and animals include some rare species.
Peter Carty, a life-long keen birdwatcher said ‘At this time of year the early morning birdsong is at its most tuneful, and the variety of birds visiting the cemetery should mean that we have an interesting and enjoyable session.’
To join the walk meet at the chapel at Longden Road cemetery at 5.00am. Binoculars are not necessary but if you have a pair then bring them along.