NATURE RESERVE WELCOMES CUBS AND BEAVERS AND COLD-BLOODED CREATURES

Bincombe Beeches nature reserve welcomed the 1st Hinton St George cubs and the Hinton beavers when they undertook a community project at the wildlife site. The youngsters were assisted in planting bulbs and laying down wood chip for the paths by the Crewkerne Town Council’s grounds staff. The Scout group’s leader Mark Cummings said: “The cubs and beavers had a great time and we all loved to do something which was benefiting the local community.”

Bincombe Beeches is home to many different species of flora and fauna, which were recently joined by a number of slow-worms. The slow-worms were trans-located to the nature reserve following a request from Devon Wildlife Consultants. DWC contacted Crewkerne Town Council to see if they could help in moving the reptiles from a site that was being developed in Misterton. Suitable areas on Bincombe Beeches were identified while DWC worked with the land developer to put reptile fencing up around the site in Misterton, to discourage the slow-worms from moving on while they collected them from inside the fence. The slow-worms were then released onto Bincombe Beeches.

Classed as lizards with protected status in the UK, the cold-blooded creatures that feed on slugs, worms and other small invertebrates, will spend the winter in hibernation at their new location. Deputy town clerk Laura Gowers said: “Keep an eye out on warm summer days for these fascinating creatures. Although they look like snakes and are called slow-worms, they are in fact lizards, that have evolved without legs.” The town council’s grounds and amenities supervisor runs monthly volunteer days at the nature reserve to which everyone is welcome to help. The next volunteer day will take place on Thursday December 14th. Anyone who is interested, is asked to turn up at the entrance by Beechwood Drive at 10 am.

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