The Reptile project has decorated pieces of corrugated metal placed in locations across the Forest forming refuges for reptiles. Each group of refuges (called transects) are checked and monitored by volunteers. We are on the hunt for more volunteers to help check and restore existing locations and place new ones in a variety of locations including Symonds Yat, Wenchford, Cannop and Darkhill over the winter. We are keen to get as many transects out as possible to maximise the coverage of the reptile survey over the next two summers of recording.
This is a nice bit of volunteering and is particularly exciting to then return to survey the transects in the summer when all sorts of reptiles can be discovered! There are various potential dates that you can come along to help restore and place the transects. Come along to one or a few dates – whatever you can manage. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information or if yu would like to attend any of the deployment dates.
Suggested dates are as follows:
20/11/2019 Pillowell Mire and Oakenhill. We already have the makings of a team for this one but feel free to join us if you would like to. Exact meeting place and time to be decided by the local participants, but likely to be 9:30 or 10:00 in Pillowell.
2/12/2019 Staple Edge ridge. Best access route for this one TBC (but probably driving up from the Mallard’s Pike entrance). 10:00 start TBC.
10/12/2019 Symonds Yat and Shortstanding. 9:30 start to complete 2 transects before lunch. Meeting place TBC (possibly Symonds Yat car park).
17/12/2019 Awre’s Glow. With Dean Green Team.
All the above transects will be 10 pieces of tin or Onduline. The stakes are designed to make it harder for boar to move the refuges and also aid visibility, especially in bracken. Finding the refuges once they become overgrown can be very difficult.
January Create 4 transects at The Park and Poor’s Allotment in Tiddenham on a Thursday or Friday. One or two sessions. Two existing GWT transects will be overhauled as necessary and converted to our standard format and 2 shorter ones created elsewhere on the sites.
You might be surprised what you find!
From creating habitats for our wildlife or improving our waterways, to recording oral histories or finding old photos, there’s always something going on to get involved in!