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 hoping to encourage visitors to burial grounds to record species that they encounter and these records can then be added to a database which we are compiling 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. The type of information we ask for is quite straightforward:
- Species – List the names of the species you encountered
- Where were you? Please give a name, address and/or grid reference for the site you visited
- Date – What date did you visit?
- Recorder(s) – who do these records belong to? Were you the sole recorder or were there more than one?
- Notes – Please share any information you feel is relevant. Consider telling us a bit about how you went about recording, the time it took, your level of experience etc.