COWES, ISLE OF WIGHT
Northwood Cemetery is a fascinating haven for flora & fauna – and arguably the very best Cowes has to offer regarding natural history.
It boasts Red Squirrels, that can often be seen skitting around near the chapels and many species of wildflowers, butterflies and birds.
The northern half of the cemetery has never been cultivated and was once part of Shamblers Copse. It features variety of woodland plants and fungi, some uncommon.
Plots 14, 15, 19 & 20 have for many decades been ‘set-aside’ for nature, the vegetation being cut just once per annum – usually during September.
June and July are a good time to take a walk in this area where you may see, Common Spotted Orchids and a variety of butterflies,
including some less common species, such as White Admiral, Silver Washed Fritillary, Purple Hairsteak and Brown Argus.