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    Posted: 01 Apr 2012 at 12:55am
Can i pose a potential reptile problem i have come across?

As I have said recently, I found a good population of Zootoca vivipara and some Natrix natrix in EF, the habitat has been and still is being opened up, silver birch being felled and plenty of beech/hornbeam have been blown over. As it is, its the "perfect habitat", although to the general public it may look a bit "messy".
I have noticed that even over the last few days alot of the log piles and brush have been moved about and any stacked  brush has been moved to bigger piles as though in preparation for clearance, which would decimate any of the reptile population. 

I have photos if you would like to see them.

I have been in touch with the head of  EF volunteer group. He has kindly given me the mobile number of the guiding organisation's Ecologist, who is apparently pleased to hear about the reptile population in the area and would like to hear from me to discuss the ongoing works....so basically i need advice as to what to say to the Ecologist.!!
I have no problem talking to the Ecologist I just want to say the right thingWink any help/advice appreciated.
thanks 
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I would stress the importance of three dimensional habitats to reptiles and warn against 'over tidying'.

Generally I would advise the construction of log piles/brash piles in the area using the available material.

Good luck with being listened too, I would be concerned that they are putting it into larger piles so it can be burnt, what a waste and extremely damaging thing to do in reptile habitat at this time of year.

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I was out on one of our local heaths last week and saw the ash pile from what must have been a big bonfire. Right in the midst of gorse/open heath/heather. I was shocked that they would have even considered doing that at this time of year. 
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Thanks Gemma, i was out there today and the c lizards were all over the brush. I am ringing the ecologist tomorrow will let you know how i get on.

I am hoping they wont burn it as the whole area is tinder dry and of course it is such a waste of good habitat feature.

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Well what about the management who pile up these heaps leave over winter   that any creature from hedghogs herps and the like use as refuge,then the first dry spell incinerate the lot! keith
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Exactly what they have been doing at Backwarden for years, 10 feet away from the main adder hibernaculum. I was there a few years back when the whole middle heath went up in smoke. Their response 'well we intended to clear it anyway' Thumbs Down
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I call them by name what Suffolk councils advert on people who dump rubbish says "DONT BE A t**ser" spelt with A capitol UU=W----rs
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Meant to say that it was a section of Heath I don't go to often as it is too doggy so I hope the pile of stuff hadn't been sat there all winter and then set fire to as Keith comments. Again rather surprised they'd have a fire anyway as everything is tinder dry.
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Well good news is, via SH of CLARE, its going to be left as it is, good reptile habitat.
2nd bit of good news: Ecologist wants to meet and is interested to get more surveying done in area, especially reptiles Smile
We actually visited this site as part of NARRS training and the c lizards didnt let us down, it was brilliant


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