Ecosulis was appointed to undertake a reptile surveys and mitigation works for two sites scheduled for development in Bristol. Each site contained a 1930’s style family home, which were deemed suitable for re-development. A Phase 1 habitat survey was carried out in 2015, which identified the suitability of the sites for reptiles, so further surveys to establish the presence/absence were undertaken and a good population of slow worms was recorded on both sites. The search then began for a suitable home to relocate them to and eventually a nearby wildlife site was found.
Both sites had similar vegetation, comprising rough grassland, hedgerows, dense scrub and standard trees. The ground also had rubble and hard paving. Due to access restrictions it was not possible to use a mechanical excavator so the fencing trenches had to be dug by hand and an ‘adapt and overcome’ attitude employed, due to the presence of hardstanding.
Ecosulis placed mats across the sites, which provide refuge for reptiles and these were checked for 30 days.
Any reptiles found were taken to their new home.
Survey times varied throughout the working day and initial captures were very successful. As expected, after initial high figures, the number of slow-worm found reduce as the survey period continued. Eventually 94 individuals were collected from both sites and translocated to the receptor site nearby. After the translocation programme had been completed, Ecosulis were called in to undertake a destructive search and sensitive vegetation clearance.
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