Take time to visit the quieter residents of the student-filled heart of Cardiff.
Cathays Cemetery, the third largest municipal cemetery in the UK, is also home to one of the city’s most valuable wildlife spaces.
The cemetery was opened in 1859, as both a place of burial and a pleasant environment in which to walk. It certainly offers that, having held the Green Flag Award since 2009. A stroll through the long grass offers a moment of solitude in a busy city.
Walking through the Victorian chapel arches will lead you past pristine war graves and family monuments to the charmingly unkempt conservation area. Here you can see butterflies, birds and squirrels.
The personalities of the animal residents may be the strongest feature of the area. Magpies and blue jays are often heard before they are seen, while grey squirrels store their food for the winter in secretive silence.
Friends of Cathays Cemetery form the beating heart of the reserve. They work to promote the conservation and protection of the flora & fauna in the cemetery and work with Cardiff County Council to oversee the maintenance of the area.
The lively FCC newsletter, ‘Not so Grave News’ will keep you up-to-date on the latest happenings at the cemetery, from bat walks to conservation status updates.