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!

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Having looked across the Duddon Estuary to the lakeland fells for 3 years it was time to jump across and start working for the West Lakes team. It has been a big leap from a sand dune system but I'm getting stuck into the more practical side of "Rangering" and sharing my love of the ecological side of things with my new team. Hopefully I'll see you at our 50 things events here in Wasdale!?