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  • Sun
    26
    Jan
    2020

    Winter reptile habitat management day - Mortimer Forest

    10.00am - 2.00pmMortimer Forest (near Ludlow)

    This is a great opportunity to get outdoors, meet and socialise with fellow members whilst learning about our threatened wildlife species and their particular habitat requirements.

    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 and can destroy vital habitat structures, resulting in population losses and even localised extinctions.

    These reptile habitat management days are to hand manage the scrub, (bramble, gorse and bracken), creating open secluded basking glades and rides.  Young colonising birch, blackthorn and ash needs cutting back and the brash used for refuges and hibernacula.  If left unchecked these trees will completely shade out the current open areas.

    This approach not only benefits local reptile and amphibian species but also butterflies, other invertebrate species, ground nesting birds and flora.

    Members are very welcome to attend one or all dates at both sites.

    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 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.

    If you are interested please contact Nigel Hand (details below) in advance for the meeting location of both the sites.

    nigel.hand@virgin.net  or mobile 07974121806

     

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