Now we have a bit of a celebrity joining us here at the diary, fresh from the BBC’ fox wars documentary, is Tim Lister from Lister mbc.
Now along with pest control and hunting there is a very important side line to what we do and thats conservation work, most non hunters think of us as just blood thirsty killers, but there is a golden streak and that is all the small animals insects and birds we protect by doing our job as pestcontrollers, so here is Tim with some of his thoughts.
We are considering constructing an additional site to our conservation area on the farm, to help another UK endangered species flourish. By building a compost heap using natural insecticide free vegetation with natural stone and rock piles we aim to provide accommodation and a food source of insects, slugs and snails to encourage the legless lizard (Anguis fragilis) or as more commonly known the slow-worm. Often found in gardens and widespread throughout the British Isles; it is naturally absent from Ireland. Slow-worms are lizards, which are often mistaken for snakes.
Unlike snakes they have eyelids, a flat forked tongue and can drop their tail to escape from predation. Slow worms have a shiny appearance, Males are a greyish brown and females are brown with dark sides. Some females possess a thin line down the back. Juvenile slow-worms are very thin and are initially around 4cm long. Juveniles have black bellies and gold or silver dorsal sides, sometimes with a stripe running along the length of the body. Unlike other British reptiles, slow worms rarely bask in the sun or out in the open, instead preferring to hide under logs or in compost heaps. Slow-worms feed on slow-moving prey, particularly small slugs and snails.
Like common lizards female slow-worms incubate their eggs internally and ‘give birth’ in the late summer. They are highly protected under several Acts such as the Bern Convention 1979 and the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. Since the start of our conservation area in 2009 we now have an area for water voles, hedgehogs, and an abundance of other creatures, wildlife and birds, this year we have a pair of resident Kingfishers which have successfully nested close to the stream and pond amongst many other birds.
I even heard a cuckoo this year and believe it has nested nearby? We control predators around the area to protect these species and encourage their well being. www.lesterbirdandpest.co.uk is a committed pest control company which uses natural methods less likely to have a serious Environmental impact whenever possible.