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Focusing on reptiles in the Blackdowns
8:50pm Monday 30th September 2013 in Devon
WILDLIFE havens across the Blackdown Hills are being made more reptile-friendly.
For 18 months, volunteers from The Devon Wildlife Trust have been clearing bracken, digging ponds and building artificial hibernation nests for adders, common frogs, slow worms and toads.
The work is being funded by the Biffa Award, a multi-million pound fund which awards grants to community and environmental projects across the UK.
Devon Wildlife Trust’s Steve Hussey said: “We are concentrating our efforts on reserves where we know there are existing populations of amphibians and reptiles. What we’ve been doing is ensuring we can offer them tiptop conditions in which to flourish.
“It’s still quite early in the project to draw firm conclusions about how much difference we are making, but the signs are encouraging.”
“The winter will see further work done for reptiles and amphibians on Devon Wildlife Trust nature reserves.”
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