Slow worms receive protection
Monday 16th April 2012
EcoNorth, the consultancy arm of Northumberland Wildlife Trust has been busy installing 100m of reptile fencing in the Whitley Bay Station Masters’ Community Wildlife Garden to help protect a rare colony of slow worms.
The fence has been installed in advance of plans by the Clarence and Waterford Crescent Residents Association (CAWCRA) in Whitley Bay to turn a neglected plot of land next to the metro station into a wonderful community garden.
The garden was part of the site of the grade II heritage listed Whitley Station which was opened in 1882. Over the years a succession of station masters maintained the station gardens and, as early as 1889 and as late as 1969, Whitley Station won prizes for floral decorations with Thomas Harvey station master from 1887 onwards, making local headlines for the “refining influence” of his floral contribution on the local community of Whitley.
Paul Salmon, EcoNorth Manager and resident of Whitley Bay said: “This has been a great project to work on with the Resident’s Association as it strives to re-invigorate a site with such wonderful local significance. Their plans are fantastic and the garden will be a wonderful community resource and home to a variety of wildlife including these scarce slow worms.
“Being involved in grass roots projects as well as large scale and complex projects is extremely rewarding.”
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