Margate cemetery is a quiet and undisturbed site which is wooded parkland with Holme Oak, an evergreen that provides good winter shelter for small birds.

In Spring many migrants pass through, and some occasionally stop down to feed. Look out for common redstart and pied flycatcher in breeding plumage. Tree pipit and ring ouzel also occur.

Autumn migration may result unusual species such as melodious warbler, yellow-browed warbler, and Hume’s leaf warbler.

After leaving the cemetery it is worth a walk along the track called Half Mile Ride, between the cemetery and the rubbish dump, this leads to horse paddocks where there are often northern wheatears and whinchats, ring ouzels or wryneck may feed up on passage. The hilltop situation here is also a good raptor watching point and kettles of common buzzards, as well as red kite and Eurasian honey buzzard have been seen.

This site has also recorded a Dusky Thrush.

Autumn lady’s tresses also make an appearance when the ground is dry in autumn and less mowing is required.

 

Location

Postcode: CT9 4LY

Latitude / Longitude: 51.37411111302, 1.3761473722137

What3Words: rewarding.chew.spine

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