Reptiles & Amphibians

There is a good population of common lizards and some grass snakes on the heath but these are hard to spot, since they are also timid. Common lizards like to bask in exposed areas during the heat of August, but the most you may see of a grass snake is its tail when you hear a rustling in the undergrowth as it moves swiftly away from you.

The pond by the car park lost its large populations of frogs and newts 5 years ago when crucian carp were found in there – another invasive species. Also the water voles of some years ago have left the pond after it dried up in two successive years. We hope to see the return of all these species sometime soon.

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