Wildlife in Cemeteries – No 4 – Cats

 

Flirtatious cat Woodbury Park cemetery Tunbridge Wells. ©Text and photos Carole Tyrrell
Flirtatious cat Woodbury Park cemetery note epitaph on tomb – ‘He that cometh to me.’Tunbridge Wells.
©Text and photos Carole Tyrrell

A large, often quiet and deserted, cemetery or graveyard can be irresistible to an inquisitive feline.  Once young Tiddles or Baphomet, depending on your taste in names or cat, has exhausted neat suburban back gardens or annoyed the neighbours sufficiently they often like to explore farther afield.

A cemetery can also attract prey such as rodents or birds and so can be a happy hunting ground.  And of course it can be unrivalled as a place to hang out and just chill.

At West Norwood and Woodbury Park in Tunbridge Wells, for example, cats have only to climb through an iron railing or over a wall to gain access and the whole marble orchard is their domain.

And, if you know where to find them, the keen photographer can take some wonderful pictures.  I belong to a Facebook page called appropriately enough, Cemetery Cats, and features photos of cats roaming and often posing by pensive angels, monuments, crosses, or on monuments or just generally going about their lives.  Contributions are from all over the world; the UK, USA, Italy, France and Eastern Europe.

Here are a selection of my own favourite photos:

West Norwood cat peering in through the Gothic style railings - summer 2016. ©Text and photos Carole Tyrrell
West Norwood cat peering in through the Gothic style railings – summer 2016.
©Text and photos Carole Tyrrell
Taken in West Norwood Cemetery - Oct 16 - I'd seen him earlier with captured prey in his mouth. ©Carole Tyrrell
Taken in West Norwood Cemetery – Oct 16 – I’d seen him earlier with captured prey in his mouth.
©Carole Tyrrell

©Text and photos Carole Tyrrell

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