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30/03/2014 at 22:17

 I found a slow worm on the allotment today. I hadn't seen one before, me thinks it's home was under the pile of stones at the bottom of the plot. I was a little bit slow though, another plot holder came and decided it was better housed on her plot.

Just checked them out on the internet and they eat slugs, there was an opportunity lost .  

Presumably where there's one, there maybe more where that one came from though.

30/03/2014 at 22:20

It will probably make its way back to your plot Zoomer, if that's where the best slugs are

30/03/2014 at 22:55

There's probably a small army of slugs on the plot although I've not seen any yet, not even in the stone pile but if there are slow worms they'll be keeping the population under control.

 

31/03/2014 at 09:41

I'd have a small wildlife area specifically for slow worms. There's guidance for creating a space on the RSPB website, link below.

http://homes.rspb.org.uk/Page/project/reptile-shelter

 

 

31/03/2014 at 10:21

we used to have a few ,silver and coppery  coloured ones in Wales, just superb creatures, if your lucky and there's more DONT  move them,they wake up about now and start mating ,hopefuly 7 to 9 live young in Aug to Sept, they eat slow moving small stuff including snails and slugs,your lucky.

31/03/2014 at 22:25

I thought I was rather lucky too...apparently the hybinate and may have woken up due to the warm weather, it was nice and warm here on Sunday.

The site hasn't been touched for a couple of years and at the bottom is a huge pile of stones, rotting wood, old carpet with brambles and roots growing through which is probably where they are living but it covers nearly 1/3 of the site.. 

I'll need to re think what I'm going to do with the area now, I was going to clear it, make a compost area and plant rubarb, possibly fruit bushes and flowers but prehaps now need to think about how to leave it untamed but useful. Suggestions welcome, one point though the committee inspects your site monthly and newbies are on a probationary period if you don't show sufficient progress then you get a warning...

Should I ask their advice... I don't want other allotmenteers thinking they can rehouse them though...  

01/04/2014 at 09:01

Some ammunition for you - http://www.herpetofauna.co.uk/slow_worm.htm  Slow worms are protected under English law - it is illegal to harm them in any way - so you should preserve their habitat - more info here  http://www.wildlifetrusts.org/species/slow-worm .  

01/04/2014 at 09:26

We are lucky to have a good number of slow worms on our allotment, they love the compost heap and we have to be very careful when turning it.

At the end of te allotment we have an area where we have created an area for the slow worms,lizards etc, we have pulled out some old tree stumps that are left to rot down, there is also a pile of stones(the allotment grows them, ha, ha) and an area where the wild flora is allowed to grow, nettles, brambles etc.

I dont think you will have any issues with the allotment committee Zoomer, it sounds like you have made a great start and as Dove says you are entitled to provide a habitat for the native fauna.

01/04/2014 at 20:48

One thing I've found, an allotment, it's alot different from growing stuff in the back garden and I've bearly started. There's far more wildlife, zillions of ladybirds and different varieties of butterflies. Lots of good guys to keep down the pests. 

Leaving untidy area's as natural habitats is a nice prospect. The nettles can be used to make feed and I'll wait to see if any more slow worms appear from the stone pile.

02/04/2014 at 20:59

I have a picture of the slow worm saved in my word documents, if anyone wants to see it you'll have to tell me how to put it on the forum. I've never done this before.

Ever so excited, it was sent via e-mail from the neighbouring plot holders to the allotment association who forwarded it on.

 

 

02/04/2014 at 21:29

Hi Zoomer you click on the green tree in the toolbar and click select. select the file in your computer, upload and save. Sometimes it takes ages so don't think it isn't working. If it's a very large photo shrink it a bit. 

I generally put them on at about 1000MB.

I think they're MBs but don't rely on me for tech stuff. 1000 somethings

02/04/2014 at 21:38

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/41289.jpg?width=307&height=350&mode=max

 This group were in one of my compost bins a few years ago. I see them regularly in the garden and saw my first of the year last week, one of last year's new brood. There was also a grass snake sharing the compost bin with the slow worms that year but it was much too fast to catch with the camera whereas the slow worms lived up to their name.

I found a grass snake today when I was clearing debris from around my garage. I scooped up a spade full of debris and deposited it in the barrow and was surprised to see a foot long young snake looking a bit disorientated in the middle of the barrow. I had been keeping an eye open for more slow worms but the grass snake was a bit of a shock. Thankfully it was unharmed and I relocated it to some nearby vegetation.

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