Snake in the grass.

The slow worm survey produced a young grass snake, probably one of last year’s hatchlings. It was tucked under a  survey mat in Brunts Field, in the warm and dry. It vanished fairly fast after we lifted the mat, but not before DKG took its picture. . Photograph: DKG More reptiles:  

A grass snake photographed by DKG in the set-aside at the top of Kestrel Field.

Ecological Appraisal of the Church Lane site.

We are posting the first part of our comment on RPS’s Preliminary Ecological Appraisal (PEA) of the Church Lane Site for two reasons: firstly the PEA seems particularly ill-informed about the park, the Lambrok and dismissive of their ecological importance; secondly, so that anybody who might like to comment before the public consultation ends on… Continue Reading →

Stinking Willie and Marefart

Ragwort has many common names; in fact some, like stinking willie and marefart, are downright vulgar. Both refer to the plant’s unpleasant smell. Another set of names, staggerwort, stammerwort and sleepy-dose, are about to its toxicity.  Then there is felon weed, swine grass and our personal favourites: scrog and weeby.

Slow Worms

In  the spring of 2013, some 500 slow worms were translocated from a development site in Holbrook Lane, Trowbridge, to three sites in Southwick Country Park. Leo Wirtz, the then-leader of the Countryside Team, and his deputy Ali Rasey, set up the move with Windrush Ecology,  who were the environmental consultants at the Holbrook Lane site.

Wildflowers (2017)

Avens, Wood    Geum urbanum Bedstraw, Hedge  Galium mollugo Bedstraw, Marsh  Galium palustre  Bindweed, Hedge  Calystegia sepium Bird’s-foot-trefoil, Common  Lotus corniculatus Bird’s-foot-trefoil, Greater  Lotus pedunculatus Black-bindweed,    Fallopia convolvulus Bluebell  Hyacinthoides non-scripta Bramble Rubus fruticosus Bristly Ox Tongue  Picris echiodes Buttercup, Celery-leaved  Ranunculus scleratus Buttercup, Golden  Ranunculus auricomus Buttercup, meadow  Ranunculus acris Campion, Red  Silene doica… Continue Reading →

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