SEWBReC Gwent Biodiversity Blitz Day 2009, Ebbw Vale Cemetery

 

Held on the 11th July 2009, our second Biodiversity Blitz Day of the year was at Ebbw Vale Cemetery (SO161105), organised in conjunction with Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council.  Even though the day was a very wet one, a good number of people turned up to survey this small meadow in Ebbw Vale town.

In 2007, management at Ebbw Vale Cemetery was changed on disused areas from intensive cutting to an annual hay cut in late July/August with all cuttings being removed to prevent a build up of nutrients.  This part of the site is now a wildflower conservation area and was where our efforts were focused.

Just over 300 species were recorded on the day, with 225 being new to our database for the cemetery – a fantastic outcome for the event.  Probably one of the most exciting records was that of an adult brown hawker which was netted before release at the end of the day.

Many thanks to everyone who came along on the day.