We had just started to work with the wonderful team at Devon Reptile and Amphibian Group (DRAG) and had enjoyed their first visit when our future plans with them were scuppered by lockdown. With the intention of developing the surveys of reptiles and amphibians on our land comes the drive to set up more areas dedicated to them. Reptile habitat areas will be a focus of ours and we have a variety of spaces here at Rowden which lend themselves perfectly to this so it will be exciting to see how we can develop them with the help of experts in this area.

In April we were pleased to be able to welcome DRAG (Devon Reptile and Amphibian Group) back to our farm to spend an afternoon setting up new reptile and amphibian survey sites.

A sheet of refugia corrugated sheeting has been placed on the floor at each of our new survey locations. Refugia makes for an ideal aid in reptile surveys by holding heat and humidity and providing shelter from predators.

The next step in encouraging both reptiles and amphibians on our land will be to build an area that we hope will be able to be used as a grass snake nest and a shelter for amphibians. This will take place over the next few weeks and we will be sharing photos of this space, and any guests it may attract, here.

Thankfully the sunshine and our pond’s tadpoles were all out to welcome our visitors and it was wonderful to finally make a start on our wildlife surveys for 2021. Thank you so much DRAG!