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  • Sat
    22
    Feb
    2020

    Reptile habitat management day - Mortimer Forest

    10:00am - 3.00pmMortimer Forest (near Ludlow) - meet at Vinnalls Car Park

    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.)

    nigel.hand@virgin.net  or mobile 07974121806

     

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