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Boris the Berus
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Posted: 22 May 2008
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Posted: 22 May 2008
I like the bit 'snakes move out before the flames reach them'. I don't think so, they get caught up as with everything else; I've counted enough post-fire corpses to know that.
Would like to know exactly where the fire was; sounds like it was the ferry end.
'I get my kicks on Route 62'
st rick
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Posted: 24 May 2008
sad news.

Nick Moulton
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Posted: 30 May 2008

Just to clarify; main points put to media. Fire-brigade did well to stop fire. National Trust had good Fire-Brigade access routes and fire-breaks. c.90%+ reptiles killed by fire/smoke/loss of habitat. Of the surviving a few snakes will get to un-burnt habitats. Sand lizards usually remain with their burrows in burnt area. c.20 years for habitat for habitat to recover, another 20 years for reptile population to recover. 10 out of 13 sand lizards seen were caught and relocated to unburnt habitats adjacent to fire to allow for population recovery. In this particular instance very limited numbers of other reptiles seen either live/dead.

During the last 15 years with the more vigorous Fire-Brigade, Police and wardening responses the situation has slightly improved. Active support from herpetologists helps. Media certainly highlights the problems for reptiles (previously heath fires not taken very seriously) though misquotes, quotes out of context can be common. Don't think I'll get the Head of Media/Communication job !


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View other posts by Vicar
Posted: 30 May 2008
Welcome to the forum Nick !, and cheers for the additional detail.

That cuppa is still on offer when you're next up Wealdon way!


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Surrey Amphibian & Reptile Group (SARG).
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Posted: 31 May 2008
Having just read Borises tab I never realised parts of my favourite spots in Studland had had abad fire until 2day I feel real sad about this. But the problem with this bit of declining habitat is the car and camper vans that park the whole length of Ferry road both sides that has over the years has erode the habitat to dwindling colonies of La, that once were so prolific on the verges on the road  you could not walk a few yards without seeing them alas no more , the NT and council should put double yellow lines on the whole length of ferry road with no stopping inforced  but provide sensible car parks they could employ me as a parking warden for the herp season . Access to the beaches and sand dune should be by foot only this would help the declining wild life and the lazy obese populaton  .Keith AGILIS39605.2804166667
cheesy toes6
Joined: 12 Aug 2008
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Posted: 12 Aug 2008
tgat must feel bad dude like i felt to me when some reeds set on fire in the water at my local ecology park loads of great crested newts died.

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