Heathland

DSC_0051[1]We have several small heathlands which support a wide range of invertebrates. From a recent survey 40 of out of 49 species of spider were found on a  patch of heath less than 1% of the survey area. The areas are an important habitat for reptiles such as Common Lizard, Grass Snake and Slow Worm. They also harbor amphibians such as Great Crested Newt and toads. Management of the heathlands are mostly undertaken by the Trust’s volunteers who regulary remove scrub from encroaching. Occasionally, larger trees need to be removed to reduce the shading effect on the heaths.