Sunday, 25 September 2011

Wildlife banking appears to be a healthy habitat

It was reassuring to hear from ecologist Penny Ward, during her visit as part of the phase 1 habitat survey, that the wildlife banking appears to be a healthy, diverse habitiat and excellent for reptiles such as the common lizard.  This week we will be installing a reptile fence along the boundary of the banking in an effort to retain and protect reptiles on the banking during construction of the adjacent grow your own scheme.

The Common Lizard, is a very useful indicator species of the health of habitats.
There are six native species of reptile in the UK and all receive protection under UK law. Smooth snakes and sand lizards have a highly restricted distribution in the UK and receive full and stringent protection under The Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010 and the Wildlife and Countryside Act (1981) (as amended).
Slow worms, common lizards, adders and grass snakes are common in the UK and receive partial legal protection under Schedule 5 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act: it is illegal to intentionally kill, injure, trade or sell these species.

You can find more information about UK reptiles and amphibians here

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