These works are undertaken to improve open habitat for our native reptile species. We reduce the scrub regeneration, concentrating on excessive saplings such as blackthorn, ash and birch, and cutting back the bramble and bracken. Open basking areas are created, along with hibernacula and refuge habitat piles.
Hand tools are used as a management method, avoiding heavy machinery such as tractors and flails which would impact the soil and humus structure on sensitive sites.
It was a relatively warm day for December with some weak sunshine filtering through, enough for a lunchtime picnic!
There will be more dates over January 2020 which HART members can volunteer on. The views are magnificent, you’re out in the fresh air and you’re doing work that will not only benefit reptiles but also butterflies and birds.
If members would like to help on one of the future dates please contact Nigel.