the online meeting place for all who love our amphibians and reptiles
Home Page Live Forums Archived Forums Site Search Identify Record Donate Projects Links
Forum Home Forum Home > Herpetofauna Native to the UK > Slow Worm
  New Posts New Posts RSS Feed - Wildlife TV - Slow Worms
  FAQ FAQ  Forum Search   Events   Register Register  Login Login

Wildlife TV - Slow Worms

 Post Reply Post Reply
Author
Message
Jamesm1985 View Drop Down
New Member
New Member


Joined: 23 Apr 2020
Location: Chepstow
Status: Offline
Points: 6
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Jamesm1985 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Topic: Wildlife TV - Slow Worms
    Posted: 23 Apr 2020 at 11:05am
Hello everyone, 
Sorry for the blanket message. I wondered if anyone could help me. I live just outside chepstow in South Wales. I found two slow worms in 2 weeks (one in my kitchen and one under a pile of slate which I was in the process of removing. Unfortunately I released them into my compost heap before realising how useful they might be!
I'm a wildlife TV producer and have just been asked to think of a story to film in my garden (thanks to corona virus) and I'm keen to feature slow worms devouring slugs to protect my veg patch.
So long story short, do any of you live near to chepstow? And if so would you be in favour of me "borrowing" a slow worm for a couple of days filming before either releasing in my garden (which is evidently a popular slow worm spot) or returning to your garden afterwards? I would happily comply to social distancing rules etc (you could leave it in a suitably comfortable Tupperware outside your house for instance.)
Having never found one in my garden in 2 years until these two showed up I'm not 100% confident that I can find another one, hence the request. Lighting may have struck twice...
Thanks all,
James
T:079802747127


Back to Top
GemmaJF View Drop Down
Admin Group
Admin Group
Avatar

Joined: 25 Jan 2003
Location: Essex
Status: Offline
Points: 4359
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote GemmaJF Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 Apr 2020 at 7:15pm
You could try placing down some corrugated tin or black bitumen roofing felt in a sunny but overgrown part of the garden. Very likely they will make use of it within a couple of days.
Back to Top
chubsta View Drop Down
Senior Member
Senior Member


Joined: 26 Apr 2013
Location: Folkestone,Kent
Status: Offline
Points: 413
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote chubsta Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Apr 2020 at 9:31am
James, as Gemma has said, try putting a something down, I did this having been told about slow-worms by my neighbour and within days had them underneath, I too had never seen any. If they are around, and two would indicate a decent population, probably in your compost heap, then this should work. Good luck!
Back to Top
Jamesm1985 View Drop Down
New Member
New Member


Joined: 23 Apr 2020
Location: Chepstow
Status: Offline
Points: 6
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Jamesm1985 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Apr 2020 at 4:35pm
Thanks so much both, really helpful.
I have had a delicate sift through the first few inches of my compost heap with no luck but I'm sure they're in there.  Also, my compost heap is in a very shaded part of the garden which isn't ideal. it is a cold compost heap, not warm.
I've put down some large slate roof tiles in various parts of the garden so fingers crossed. Will try and find something a bit more substantial!
Would you know when the best time of day would be to look for them? Early morning basking on a wall or under the slate, midday out hunting or early evening?
Sorry for the obvious questions!
Thanks all.
James
Back to Top
GemmaJF View Drop Down
Admin Group
Admin Group
Avatar

Joined: 25 Jan 2003
Location: Essex
Status: Offline
Points: 4359
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote GemmaJF Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Apr 2020 at 5:41pm
There is usually a morning and afternoon 'window' when they are most likely to be found under an artificially placed 'cover object', often the sun is too hot around lunch time. Try various times as it really depends on how much sun and how much vegetation is under the object. If you can feel the object is warm but not hot, be ready! Slow worms are almost invariable found under cover objects, rather than on them.
Back to Top
Jamesm1985 View Drop Down
New Member
New Member


Joined: 23 Apr 2020
Location: Chepstow
Status: Offline
Points: 6
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Jamesm1985 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Apr 2020 at 10:29pm
Thanks so much, really helpful.
Fingers crossed!
Back to Top
Suzy View Drop Down
Senior Member
Senior Member


Joined: 06 Apr 2005
Location: United Kingdom
Status: Offline
Points: 1432
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Suzy Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 Apr 2020 at 10:22am
Is your compost heap covered or open? An old carpet or black plastic make heaps more attractive for slow worms as they bask underneath. You say it is in the shade, but a cover might still attract them. 
What others say about putting covers on the ground is good advice. My covers are all in the shade until about 11am these days, but the slow worms are still under them before the sun hits them. 
As Chubsta indicates there will be a good number if you've seen two. They are a hard thing to evaluate without covers as you hardly ever see them.
Good luck.
Suz
Back to Top
Jamesm1985 View Drop Down
New Member
New Member


Joined: 23 Apr 2020
Location: Chepstow
Status: Offline
Points: 6
Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Jamesm1985 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Apr 2020 at 11:00am
Thanks so much Suz (sorry for the delay in response). 

I'll put a bin liner over the compost heap today. As i said it's a cold compost heap but I noticed that the grass cuttings next to it are now boiling with decomposition, so I'll pour them on top of it and put the cover over.

Elsewhere, I've put largish slate tiles down around the borders of my lawn (backing onto the bushes), each around 40cm x 30cm, so not huge, but they do warm up nicely in the sun being slate. nothing yet though...I don't have a big sheet of corrugated iron or similar.

Ironically I found my two slow worms on the opposite side of the garden to the compost heap (one in my house!, the other under some tiles just next to my house about 30 metres away from the compost heap). so unless they regularly travel that far back and forth I can't be certain they are down in the compost.

Anyway, it's really good to learn more about them at the very least. thanks for all your helpful tips. Fingers firmly crossed!

I've ready that they come out a lot int he rain, but it's rather cold now so not expecting to see any in the next couple of days.

Finally, I have a 10 hour heat pad for a cat i never got (great decision after hearing they go for slow worms!) so i might place that under a cover and see if I can attract a couple with the heat...

James

Back to Top
 Post Reply Post Reply
  Share Topic   

Forum Jump Forum Permissions View Drop Down

Forum Software by Web Wiz Forums® version 11.06
Copyright ©2001-2016 Web Wiz Ltd.

This page was generated in 0.109 seconds.