The Friends aim to conserve and improve the biodiversity of the Cemetery, its natural plant, animal and bird life and we are erecting habitat boxes for birds, bats and insects and installing beehives.


Our biodiversity plan encompasses nurturing the existing plant life and the natural habitat. We are studying the important native grasses and Roy Vickery, Chair of the South London Botanical Institute, has identified over 200 plant species that flourish in the Cemetery. By encouraging these plants we also support insect, small mammal and bird life.


We have a now have a Streatham Cemetery Wildlife page


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Streatham Cemetery Wildlife

The following is a list of species (in taxonomical order) observed at Streatham Cemetery and is current as of 01/12/2016.

All observations are from within the bounds of the cemetery or adjacent land; that is immediately adjacent gardens, the overgrown bit of Springfield Hospital near the apiary and Fishponds Playing Field.

Birds only observed overflying the cemetery are marked with square brackets [].



[Greylag Goose]  Anser anser AMBER
[Cormorant] Phalacrocorax carbo {SF}
Grey Heron Ardea cinerea
[Buzzard] Buteo buteo
Sparrowhawk Accipiter nisus
[Hobby] Falco subbuteo {SF}
Black-headed Gull Chroicocephalus ridibundus AMBER
Common Gull Larus Canus {SF} AMBER
Herring Gull Larus argentatus


Lesser Black-backed Gull Larus marinus AMBER
Rock Dove (Feral Pigeon) Columba livia
Stock Dove Columba oenas AMBER
Woodpigeon Columba palumbus
Collard Dove Streptopelia decaocto
Little Owl Athene noctua
Swift Apus apus AMBER
Green Woodpecker Picus viridis
Great Spotted Woodpecker Dendrocopos major
Swallow Hirundo rustica
Pied/White Wagtail Motacilla alba
Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea


Dunnock Prunella modularis


Robin Erithacus rubecula
Whinchat Saxicola rubetra {SF}
Stonechat Saxicola rubicola


Song Thrush Turdus philomelos UKBAP  RED 
Redwing Turdus iliacus RED 
Mistle Thrush Turdus viscivoru RED 
Fieldfare Turdus pilaris RED 
Blackbird Turdus merula
Ring Ouzel Turdus torquatus {SF} UKBAP  RED 
Blackcap Sylvia atricapilla
Whitethroat Sylvia communis
Chiffchaff Philloscopus colybita
Goldcrest Regulus regulus
Wren Troglodytes troglodytes
Great Tit Parus major
Coal Tit Periparus ater
Blue Tit Cyanistes caeruleus
Long-tailed Tit Aegithalos caudatus
Magpie Pica pica
Jay Garrulus glandarius
Jackdaw Corvus monedula
Carrion Crow Corvus corone
Starling Sturnus vulgaris  UKBAP   RED 
House Sparrow Passer domesticus  UKBAP   RED 
Chaffinch Fringilla coelebs
Goldfinch Carduelis carduelis
Greenfinch Carduelis chloris
Siskin Carduelis spinus {SF}
Ring-necked Parakeet Psittacula krameri



Species that fall under the ‘UK Post-2010 Biodiversity Framework’. A strategy and targets to enable the UK to meet international treaty obligations notably the ‘Aichi Biodiversity Targets’ signed at Nagoya, Japan in 2010. Replaces and extends the 1994 Biodiversity Action Plan. See for more details.


A number of bird conservation organisations group together to review the conservation status of UK birds. Though no legal protection is confirmed by listing, most authorities use the lists to guide policy. All birds are placed on one of three lists; green, amber and red in increasing order of concern. See for further details.


Grey Squirrel Sciurus carolinensis
Red Fox Vulpes vulpes
Common Pipistrelle Pipistrellus pipistrellusaa
Dragonflies and Damselflies:
Migrant Hawker Aeshna mixta
Common Green Shieldbug Palomena prasina
Small White Pieris rapae
Green-veined White Pieris napi
Large White Pieris brassicae
Orange Tip Anthocharis cardamines
Brimstone Gonepteryx rhamni
Peacock Aglais io
Comma Polygonia c-album
Painted Lady Vanessa cardu
Red Admiral Vanessa atalanta
Small Tortoiseshell Aglais urticae
Speckled Wood Pararge aegeria
Small Copper Lycaena phlaeas {JC}
Meadow Brown Maniola jurtina
Common Blue Polyommatus Icarus
Holly Blue Celastrina argiolus
Small Skipper Thymelicus sylvestris
Large Skipper Ochlodes sylvanus
Epistrophe eligans  
Eupeodes lun  
Syrphus vitripennis  
Volucella pellucens  
Greenbottle Lucilia Caesar {SF}
Ichneumon Wasps:  
Ichneumon xanthorius {SF}  


 a Probable identification (confusion species Soprano Pip. separable by sonogram but unlikely in this habitat).


Hairy Footed Flower Bee        Anthophora plumipes
Buff-tailed Bumblebee Bombus terrestr
Red-tailed Bumblebee Bombus lapidarie 
Tree Bumblebee  Bombus hypnorum
Honey Bee Apis mellifera 
Harlequin Harmonia axyridis {SF}
Large Red Slug Arion rufusb {SF}
Garden Snail Cornu aspersum {SF}
White-lipped Snail Cepaea hortensis
Yellow Fieldcap Bolbitius titubans
Chicken-of-the-Woods Laetiporus sulphureus {SF}
Shaggy Inkcap Coprinus comatus {SF}


b Probable identification (complete elimination of confusion species only possible by dissection).


For the most up to date list of plants please see the FOSC website at:  


Summery Bird species observed: 47 + [4]

Mammal species observed: 3

Dragonfly/damselfly species observed: 1

Shieldbug species observed: 1

Butterfly species observed: 17

Hoverfly species observed: 4

Blow-fly species observed: 1

Ichneumon species observed: 1

Social wasp species observed: 1

Bee species observed: 5

Ladybird species observed: 1

Slug/snail species observed: 3

Fungi species observed: 3

Plant species observed: 89

Total Species Count: 177 + [4]




Initials in {} are those of first observer: SF = Shaun Ferguson
JC = James Cooper
All other observations are by Ray Turner