Because burial grounds have been a dedicated green space for years, sometimes centuries, their plant and animal life is often rich and diverse. We are encouraging visitors to burial grounds to record species that they encounter and these records can then be added to a database which will be accessible by all and will build into a picture of what has been seen, when and how frequently.
Anyone can make a recording by noting down some details – all records are useful, even of common plants, grasses, birds or other wildlife as they help to monitor the rise or decline of species over a period of years. Making a record is simple, there are just four things to make note of:
- Who – the recorder’s full name
- What – the common (or scientific) name of the species you round – eg. swift, ladybird, daisy…
- Where -the name, address and/or grid reference for the site you visited
- When – include the day, month and year