New homes found for scaly friends in Calvert

Karen Bartlett and Ed Feetham from FPCR with the lizards and slow worms
Karen Bartlett and Ed Feetham from FPCR with the lizards and slow worms
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A NEW home of reptilian proportions has been provided by a house builder in Calvert.

David Wilson Homes has started construction work at The Steeples, on Cotswold Way, but beforehand arranged for an ecological survey of the site.

The results showed there were a number of reptiles living within the boundary and a detailed trapping and relocation exercise was planned in a bid to find an alternative habitat.

The reptiles, which included around 90 common lizards, 80 slow worms, two great crested newts and four common toads were trapped over 60 days and were taken to a newly created habitat to the west of the development with features such as hibernacula, ponds, scrub planting and seasonal scrapes.

Ed Feetham, consultant at FPCR Environmental and Design, which carried out a survey of the site, said: “The site needed to be trapped and trans-located for reptiles under an agreed method statement. In addition, we identified a population of great crested newts within the pond, just south of the site boundary.

“Given the habitats within the site are suitable for terrestrial occupation by great crested newts, a Natural England licence was sought.

Homes at The Steeples will be available form October.

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