Friends' Nature Group

The nature group was formed to help preserve the unique heritage in the cemetery for the townsfolk of Newbury, not just those buried there, but for anyone who wanted a quiet place to sit or to visit their relatives interred within its walls.

The group regularly liaises with Newbury town Council on the management of the cemetery with regard to preserving the flowers and trees growing there and also their future growth through land management.

Nature News for the year 2018

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Here you will find all the Nature Group news articles from 2018.


Moth Survey

Date written: 07 July 2018
Author: Celia Pay

On a warm night in mid-summer 2017 a moth survey was taken overnight by a local moth expert to record the known species of moths living in the cemetery.
Individualy captured moths were held overnight in chill conditions to calm them. The tubes were labelled and put out on display the following day for visitors to enjoy and marvel at the uniqueness of the colours, size and camouflage moths develop to protect them selves. A surprising number recorded and an opportunity to enjoy close up something one usually sees only in books. Everyone enjoyed the Elephant Hawkmoth for its beauty and size.
All of the moths were released later in the evening.


The list of moths found in the cemetery were:

  • Beautiful Hook-tip
  • Bright-line Brown -eye
  • Brimstone
  • Broad Barred White
  • Brown Silver-line
  • Buff Archer
  • Buff Ermine
  • Burnished Brass
  • Clouded Border
  • Clouded Silver
  • Common Emerald
  • Common Footman
  • Common Lutestring
  • Common Marbled Carpet (agg)
  • Common White Wave
  • Coronet
  • Dable Square-spot
  • Dable-Striped-Pug
  • Dark Arches
  • Dingy Shell
  • Elephant Hawkmoth 
  • Fan-foot
  • Festoon
  • Figure of Eighty
  • Flame
  • Flame Shoulder
  • Freyer’s Pug
  • Green Pug
  • Grey Dagger (agg)
  • Grey Pine Carpet
  • Heart and Club
  • Heart and Dart
  • Herald
  • Large Twin-spot Carpet
  • Least Carpet
  • Lesser Yellow Underwing
  • Light Arches
  • Lime-Speck Pug
  • Maiden’s Blush
  • Maple Pug
  • Marbled Beauty
  • Marbled Minor (agg)
  • Middle-barred Minor
  • Miller
  • Mottled Beauty
  • Mottled Rustic
  • Peppered
  • Phoenix
  • Poplar Grey
  • Poplar Hawkmoth
  • Poplar Lutestring
  • Privet Hawkmoth
  • Reddish Light Arches 
  • Riband Wave
  • Rosy Footman
  • Rustic
  • Scarlet Tiger
  • Setaceous Hewbrew Character
  • Small Blood Vein
  • Small Dusty Wave
  • Small Seraphim
  • Smoky Wainscot
  • Snout
  • Spectacle
  • Straw Dot
  • Swallow-tailed
  • Uncertain. (That is its proper name)
  • Willow Beauty


Spring 2018 Pictures

Date written: 02 March 2018
Author: Paul Thompson

Before the Cemetery was covered in snow, Elizabeth Capewell managed to get some pictures of the snowdrops. Here they are to remind you that spring is actually just around the corner.


View previous 'Plant of the Month' Entries

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