Discovering nature in St. Mary’s Graveyard, Tipperary

Discovering nature in St. Mary’s Graveyard, Tipperary
As part of the Tipperary town festival a nature walk to discover wildlife took place in St. Mary’s graveyard. This is the oldest landmark in Tipperary town and Albert Nolan and Dan Hogan (Birdwatch Ireland) have been working with the committee for the last few years to increase awareness around its wildlife.

As part of the Tipperary town festival a nature walk to discover wildlife took place in St. Mary’s graveyard. This is the oldest landmark in Tipperary town and Albert Nolan and Dan Hogan (Birdwatch Ireland) have been working with the committee for the last few years to increase awareness around its wildlife.

An eager crowd of adults and children including a Dutch couple who reside each summer in the Glen of Aherlow attended the walk.

The first stop on the walk was a newly planted woodland edge that was sown by families and friends of the church as part of national tree week.

The mountain ash (or Rowan) and holly trees are doing really well and this is testament to the aftercare they have received or the well-composted remains of some paupers final resting place.

In a few years they will produce berries for birds and flowers for insects. Buddleia was also planted for butterflies and Honeysuckle for moths.

Under the shelter of the mature oak tree the children were asked to hold the corners of an old white sheet whilst the branches were given a good shake so creepy crawlers fell onto it.

The children were very excited to examine the catch and found an immature ladybird with no spots.

Albert explained that they are born without them and they like a military rank attain them after a week.

John the bee expert pointed out a bumblebee feeding on the flowers of bramble.

“Bumble-bees have smelly feet and when they land on a flower this unpleasant scent lingers on the flowers for around 15 minutes and when another bumblebee comes along he knows that this flower has been already visited.”

Albert Nolan wishes to extend a thank you to all those who came on the walk and for sharing the amazing wildlife of this beautiful habitat.