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13/05/2013 at 23:09

With more time on my hands, I'm tackling horrid areas of ivy, bindweed and other nasties but realise with things becoming more organised into flower and veg beds, there is little cover. As I tried to clear the last bit for a pea/ bean bed, I discovered the slow worms (nearly sliced them up with the spade!) I had only ever noticed before in my compost heaps.  I would willingly give up the veg bed to give these lovely creatures some cover but don't want weeds like before. Any suggestions for something  attractive but practical so that I do not lose the slow worms forever? 

14/05/2013 at 09:18

What a lovely find Cucamelon. You need to recreate what was there but with plants you want instead of weeds. The slow worms will be quite happy if that's veg. We use meter square pieces of black corrugated roofing sheet, a couple of those ina sunny spot will attract them as warming up places. Never seen a slow worm under ours yet but the grass snakes like it.

They don't eat the vegetation, they'll eat some of your pests if you're lucky.

http://www.rspb.org.uk/wildlife/wildlifegarden/atoz/s/slowworm.aspx

14/05/2013 at 15:20

Lucky, lucky you!  Cherish them.

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