News from Jo Day for November 2012
Grand Designs for our Natterjack Scrapes
16:54 30 November 2012
By Jo Day
Natterjack Toads need clear open pools in which to breed. Over the years vegetation and silt have built up in our artifical breeding pools making them less suitable.
We employed a contractor to remove the vegetation and silt from the pools and to relay the inlet pipes.
|The pools were relined with fresh sand from the beach|
|The sides were re-profiled for a gentle gradient which the toads prefer. The water is warmer in the shallows.|
|The project was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund through a project run by Amphibian and Reptile Conservation.|
All works have been agreed with Natural England and measures were in place to minimise disturbance to wildlife.
|Scrape 39 nearly finished with just the new fencing and boardwalks to go|
|New inlet pipes will help to fill the pools with water come April time for the start of the breeding season|
|Our stream complete with overgrown vegetation and collapsed bank|
|Excavation of the bank and removal of plants|
|An army of volunteers and staff laying in new recycled plastic revetments|
|The story so far, lets hope they stand up to the winter weather!|