Category Archives: Nature Notes

Creating Wildflower Meadow

Here at Sun Rising the development of a new area of wildflower meadow is now underway.  This new area will add another acre and a half of wildflower meadow to the nature reserve, making an enormous contribution towards the ecological … Continue reading

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Stars, Bats and Gold Spots

On Sunday last we held a moth night here at Sun Rising and what a beautiful event it turned out to be.  There are regular surveys of moths at the site, run by local enthusiast Alan Prior, but only once … Continue reading

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Precious Seeds

There comes a point each year when the wildflower meadow begins to look tatty.  Only a few weeks ago, it was a rich burst of pinks, purples and lilacs, with splashes of yellow, but now the majority of the flowers have … Continue reading

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English Bluebells

The bluebells are now starting to flower here at Sun Rising, a sure sign that summer is a hop, skip and a jump away.  With the first of the hawthorn blossom, the bird cherries in flower, the air is filled … Continue reading

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Countryfile

On Sunday 30 April, Sun Rising Natural Burial Ground and Nature Reserve will be on BBC’s ‘Countryfile’.  The programme is aired at 7 pm, and more information can be found here : http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08pnvmg. We expect to be no more than … Continue reading

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Waking After Winter

As the days grow warmer and longer, some of the creatures who have been hibernating at Sun Rising are waking.  Here’s a beautiful picture taken by David of a small tortoiseshell on goat willow catkins, taken by the pond.   This … Continue reading

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Sunrise in Frost

Many ask why we named the burial ground Sun Rising.  Our answer is, of course, that it is a local name: the part of the Edge Hills escarpment behind us is called Sun Rising Hill, and the name felt appropriate, … Continue reading

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A Dove of Peace

A rather beautiful creature has been seen at Sun Rising over the last few weeks of the Christmas period: a perfect white dove.  This little fellow has brought real delight, with many families telling me wonderful stories – of the … Continue reading

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Winter

The transition into winter has crept in slowly this year, perhaps because the dry cold of November allowed autumn’s leaves to remain on the trees longer than usual.  Now, however, there’s no denying it: winter is here.  After clear starry … Continue reading

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Autumn Fungi

Fungi is one of nature’s celebrations that I have not even begun to study.  While it is possible to have an idea that a mushroom is this or that, I know enough to be fairly sure I’ll be wrong most … Continue reading

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