Save the Reptiles Update

At Grant’s Moor we have been conducting a reptile translocation to save reptiles the impending dredging work on two ponds on site. In September some fantastic volunteers joined us to put up some fencing the exclude the reptiles from the works zone. We have since been surveying inside the zone for reptiles to remove any that remain. So far we have saved 1 adult male common lizard, 2 adult female slow worms and 2 toadlets. With the weather and time of year not ideal we keep our fingers crossed in hopes of more we can rescue. Other recent sighting on site include field voles, juvenile newts, a heron and a kingfisher. We do not know when work is due to start on the ponds but will keep updating you with more information via our blogs.

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About blackwatervalleycountryside

The Blackwater Valley is located on the borders of Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire and runs for approximately 30km from the source near Aldershot, northwards to Swallowfield. At its confluence it joins the rivers Whitewater and Loddon. The Loddon eventually flows into the River Thames near Reading. Work in the Blackwater Valley is co-ordinated by the Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership on behalf of the local authorities that border the Valley. Despite being surrounded by urban development the Valley provides an important green corridor for local residents As well as the Blackwater Valley Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a small part of the Basingstoke Canal SSSI, three nature reserves within the Valley catchment and many other areas have been recognised for their ecological importance. The local planning authorities covering the Valley have designated 31 other areas as ‘Wildlife Sites’.
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