Helping to Save our Historic & Natural Environment

The Saron Graveyard Project seeks to create a Wildlife and Memorial Garden on the Saron site. We hope that this will ensure that a valuable part of Troedyrhiw’s historic and natural environment can survive for the benefit of present and future generations.

This interesting insight into the wildlife which was once abundant in the Troedyrhiw area has recently come to light:-

Bob came to live in Troedyrhiw in 1947. He was a keen amateur naturalist with a particular interest in butterflies and moths. Some notes that he made over a 17 day period in August 1947 make interesting reading. Meteorological Office records show that this was “an exceptionally hot, dry and sunny month.”

Bob’s observations in a Taldwyn Terrace garden and on the tip and mountainside behind Merthyr Road show that the following species of butterflies and moths, which are becoming increasingly rare, were once common in and around our village:-

Grayling, Whites (various), Red Admiral, Clouded Yellow, Painted Lady, Small Copper, Small Heath, Common Blue, Peacock, Humming Bird Hawk Moth, Emperor Moth.

The State of the UK’s Butterflies 2015 report found that 76% of the UK’s resident and regular migrant butterflies declined in abundance, occurrence or both over the last 40 years.


About davidjcollier

Originally from South Wales I have lived in Nottinghamshire for over forty years. I am married and have three grown up children and two grandchildren. Having worked in education for 43 years I will retire in July 2012. My interests include history (general, local and family), rugby union, swimming, photography, bird watching and gardening. For the benefit of anyone who may actually read this (extremely unlikely, I admit) please do not confuse 'interests' with knowledge or skill. My involvement in a community project which aims to rescue a graveyard from the effects of almost 30 years of neglect. also keeps me quite busy. View all posts by davidjcollier

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