Compost for Wildlife
Toby and Wilfred (children of allotment holders the Andrews family ) and their friends Harry and Oscar, learn about and are amazed at the life in the soil
Worm Workshop on Saturday 29 March - led by Fred Miller , Local worm expert, a group of families are here seen "dancing for worms"
Children from Severn View Primary Academy school looking for microscopic creatures in compost samples as part of a group workshop July 2016
The Grass Snake (Natrix Natrix). The photograph shows grass snake eggs found in one of our heaps on August 3rd 2016. Grass snake eggs are often found in rotting vegetation or compost heaps.
The Grass Snake is the UK’s largest snake but it is harmless. It is protected in the UK under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, 1981, and classified as a Priority Species in the UK Biodiversity Action Plan
BCCS has found the "Gardener's Friend" the Leopard Slug ( Limax maximus) in the heaps.
The Leopard Slug is a low risk to your vegetables and agricultural crops.
Leopard slugs don¹t damage living plants, but eat other slugs including species that can damage garden plants and vegetables. They also eat dead and rotting plants along with fungi and this recycles nutrients and fertilises soil.
BCCS has a wonderful colony of slow worms. The slow worm is harmless, it is not a snake but a legless lizard (Anguis fragilis). They are fantastic for gardeners because they feed on slugs, snails and other garden pests....so we hope our colony is spreading to help allotment holders.
The slow worm can be very long living - up to about 30 years. Sadly the greatest threat to the slow worm on the allotments is the cat.
The slow worm is protected, alongside all other native British reptile species. It has been decreasing in numbers, and under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, it is illegal to intentionally kill, injure, sell or advertise to sell them.
Emily admires a huge woodlouse colony found in the compost