Perhaps Francis Greenoak's main concern was the village churchyard but yesterday, while Chris was receiving her regular treatment at Northampton General Hospital, I took a stroll around the churchyard of the nearby St Giles' church, in the heart of Northampton, and it struck me as how important the area is, not just for wildlife but as a temporary escape for shoppers, office workers and the like, who just need somewhere to unwind for perhaps fifteen minutes or so. Today, in warm sunshine, many were doing just that.
I cannot deny that I was there to see what wildlife had found sanctuary and I was both pleased and disappointed. Disappointed in that, although several fine trees stand in the grounds only one, holly, is a British native, considerably limiting the potential for invertebrates in particular.
The leaf miner, Phytomyza ilicis, on holly. St Giles churchyard,
Northampton. 29 August, 2017