Slow worms – the legless lizard

Our local groundsman discovered a young healthy slow worm at the over grown nature zone at the back of the Brockeridge centre 31/07/2019. As slow worms are protected in the UK under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and are a Priority Species under the UK Post-2010 Biodiversity Framework, this is very promising in terms of biodiversity that they are present in the overgrowth. This just shows that sometimes less is more when it comes to wildlife gardening, as the lawn clippings, overgrown brambles and shrubs provide ideal habitat hiding spaces for many species!

Slow worms thrive in composted areas – so keep a look out for them if you have an allotment at Jubilee or Mill Lane and be careful when turning your compost.