HART was set up in 2000 through the Herefordshire Wildlife Trust and the neighbouring Worcestershire Amphibian and Reptile Group. A 20th anniversary is a good excuse to do some celebrating and we’ll be looking to put on a few events in honour of this milestone.
Sat22Feb202010:00am - 3.00pmMortimer Forest (near Ludlow) - meet at Vinnalls Car ParkShow content
This is another great opportunity to get outdoors, meet and socialise with fellow members whilst learning about our threatened wildlife species and their particular habitat requirements. We will be working alongside Sara Pearce Community Ranger of Forestry England in The Mortimer Forest.
This vital work is undertaken by volunteers, using hand tools to minimise impacts. Heavy machinery (tractors and flails) used at important overwintering and basking sites cause ground compaction can destroy vital habitat structures, resulting in population losses and even localised extinctions.
These winter reptile habitat management days are to hand manage the scrub, regenerating birch, bramble, gorse and bracken. Forestry England staff have cut back (chain saws) an area of birch we will be creating refuge piles and hibernacula from the felled timber. Also creating open secluded basking glades and rides. If left unchecked these trees will completely shade out current open heath areas.
This approach not only benefits local reptiles and amphibians but also butterflies, other invertebrate species, ground nesting birds and ground flora.
Tools to be used include a sturdy pair of loppers, bow saws, slashers, rakes and thick gardening gloves. I currently have a small collection of tools and Forestry England will also have some tools to borrow but if volunteers are able to bring their own tools, this would really help.
Bring a packed lunch and plenty to drink. Also wear appropriate clothing for outdoor weather with stout boots and waterproofs. If heavy prolonged rain is forecast the dates will be rescheduled or cancelled.
If you are interested please contact Nigel Hand (details below) in advance. (Please note: You must be a HART 2020 member to come along.)
firstname.lastname@example.org or mobile 07974121806
Wed03Jun2020The Barrels, HerefordShow content
The HART will be held on the evening of Wednesday 3rd June at the Barrels in Hereford. Details will be sent nearer the time. We plan to provide refreshments and have some reminiscences and pictures about all HART’s projects.
If anyone would like to nominate someone to the committee, or would be interested in joining themselves, please contact one of the committee members listed.