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themorg
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Posted: 11 Mar 2011
Hello,

I believe we have a stable colony/population of wall lizards in a not southernly part of Wales. They are found in the heathland as well as in the stone walls themselves. Our farm is aiming to be a green sustainable agricultural project, I wonder if anyone could offer some help in studying/conserving/monitoring the lizards as part of a ecology census this spring.

Any info you could give me here would also be great, im a plant biologist not a herpatologist and my knowledge on wall lizards and their distribution is limited

Regards

Paul Hudson
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Posted: 11 Mar 2011

Where abouts in Wales?? ,Town ,County I'm not asking for an exact location, are you sure they are wall lizards and not common lizards ?any photos would be very helpful

Thanks

 

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themorg
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Posted: 12 Mar 2011
location is near Rhayader, Im not able to get photos at the mo, not actually in the UK right now.

Being a novice I have no idea if they are common or wall, simply was told they were wall. Ill update ASAP

frogworlduk
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Posted: 12 Mar 2011
would be a very interesting project and good to add another location
Scale
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Posted: 19 Mar 2011
I would be very surprised if these turned out to be Wall
Lizards. Certainly you would expect to find Common Lizard
in many heathland/mire communities around Llandod and
Rhayader.

Common Lizards will also use the stone walls for
hibernating/summer refuge and particularly for
hibernation if the wall allows for a dryer refuge. They
can also refuge in Molinia tussocks, Ulex stands etc.

What type of heathland plant community is it? Humid
and/or wet heath is generally preferred over dryer
heathland. Certainly you would expect to find a more
flourishing population in such habitat (as you have
suggested).

You may also get cryptic Slow-worms, i've seen them in
Llandod on the rail embankment. The way to look for these
would be to put down tin sheet and use as artificial
refugia (there's plenty of guidance available on this).
I'm sure you have plenty of old tin/composite sheet
knocking about the farmyard!   

I'm often doing bat survey work in the area, i would be
happy to come and have a look sometime if you wished?

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