Wildlife trust works to make the Blackdown Hills more reptile-friendly (From Somerset County Gazette)
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Wildlife trust works to make the Blackdown Hills more reptile-friendly
5:10pm Tuesday 24th September 2013 in News
WILDLIFE havens across the Blackdown Hills are being made more reptile-friendly to cater for the needs of special animals.
For the last 18 months volunteers from The Devon Wildlife Trust have been clearing bracken, digging ponds and building artificial hibernation nests for adders, common frogs, slow worms and toads.
The work is being funded by the Biffa Award, a multi-million pound fund which awards grants to community and environmental projects across the UK.
Other areas which have seen improvements under the scheme include land at Bovey Heathfield, Chudleigh Knighton Heath nature reserves, Lickham Common and Ashculm Turbary.
Devon Wildlife Trust’s Steve Hussey said: "We are concentrating our efforts on reserves where we know there are existing populations of amphibians and reptiles.
"What we’ve been doing is ensuring that we can offer them tip-top conditions in which to flourish.
“It’s still quite early in the project to draw firm conclusions about how much difference we are making, but the signs are encouraging."
He added: “The winter ahead will see further work done for reptiles and amphibians on Devon Wildlife Trust nature reserves.
“We’re delighted that funding from Biffa Award is allowing us to make a positive difference to such well-known but struggling species as adders and toads.”
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