Jon Cranfield

the latest from the churchyard

In Uncategorized on March 21, 2011 at 8:08 am

The reptiles in my local churchyard are gradually increasing. The first slowworm was a female on the 17th Feb. Alex has a keen interest in the wild area particularly looking for slowworms.

The totals seen are in the mid 20s already in march. Alex has been wrangling slowworms on a few occasions as you can see from the photos.

Some real old males are turning up and this last weekend the first viviparous lizard was spotted.

The felt tiles need to be reset so that the dead vegetation can recover. I am planning to test whether smaller felts are less effective for finding slowworms. There has been much debate recently over the use of the standard size of refugia or cover objects.

We need data to back this up so I thopught I can add to the pool of data that suggests that standard sizes are better than smaller sized materials.

I will post the results on this blog in due course. I have been monitoring the reptile population for the last two seasons. Highest count was 150 reptiles last year.

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