2015-2016 Cardiff University Slow Worm Project

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Raye, Lee
  • Publisher: Cardiff University
  • Subject: QH | GE

* This report describes the first year (2016) of a slow worm project at a secret site at Cardiff University.\ud \ud * The site is the grounds of a student residences location within the urbanised area of Cathays, Cardiff.\ud \ud * Part of the site has been re-wilded into a grassland meadow for slow worms and other wildlife, and a piece of corrugated tin has been placed to warm in the sun for heat-loving reptiles.\ud \ud * The site was monitored for slow worms and the project was successful. There were 29 sightings in the active season (4th May-17th October 2016). This season is slightly later than average. The peak numbers of individuals recorded in single visits were in July and August, which is again later than average.\ud \ud * The project was carried out by grounds people from the SPORT department as part of the Cardiff University Sustainability initiative.\ud \ud * Slow worms are a protected species under the Wildlife and Countryside Act (1981) and a species of principal importance for biodiversity under the Environment (Wales) Act (2016).
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