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Project Name:
Vegetation Clearance, Packleton Lane, Desford
Client:
Neovia Logistics
Year:
Sep 29, 2013
Keywords:
Great crested newt survey, vegetation clearance, tree felling, hibernacula creation
Summary:
Ecosulis Countryside Management was commissioned to undertake habitat manipulation and creation in respect to great crested newt and grass snake at Packleton ...

Ecosulis Countryside Management was commissioned to undertake habitat manipulation and creation in respect to great crested newt and grass snake at Packleton Lane, Desford in September 2013. The site consisted of a settling pond for surface drainage that required dredging, and a small area of trees that were removed in order to extend an adjacent car parking area. The pond is filled with water for most of the year, and is located close to other water bodies. Previous great crested newt surveys of the pond on site and adjacent water bodies, along with historical records, had recorded great crested newt and grass snake at the site. 

Our role was to ensure that these two protected species were protected during the dredging works, and to create additional habitat for them on nearby land. Firstly, vegetation clearance was undertaken by our ecological contracting team. Using strimmers, the vegetation in the drained settling pond was first cut to 30cm, several days later cut to 15cm and then finally to 5cm, to reduce the suitability of the habitat for reptiles and amphibians in the area to be dredged. Approximately 50 tonnes of vegetation was removed from the site. Approximately 30 tonnes of arisings from these cuts were used to create a habitat pile 6x8m and 2m high, providing suitable egg-laying habitat for grass snake, as well as other species such as invertebrates and small mammals. Using logs from the tree clearance at the site, soil and grass, two reptile and amphibian hibernacula were created on adjacent land. A fingertip search was then conducted prior to a soil strip. During the search, several reptiles and amphibians were found and translocated to an area of suitable habitat away from the ponds. Dredging was then able to commence on site. Following dredging works, the pond will be returned to use as a settling pond.

 

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