Slow Worm Fencing
This differs very little from Great Crested Newt fencing in design, although the method of installation may vary depending on the species found on site. While newts can be captured in pitfall traps, for slow worms the ecologist may specify refuge mats or other cover objects. Mitigation for Slow Worms often requires extensive vegetation management and Knighton Countryside’s workforce really understand the need to work closely with the ecologist to carry out appropriate clearance and establishment of planting.
We can install both timber & plastic and semi-permanent fencing for Slow Worm mitigation, in the same way that we can for Great Crested Newts. For larger reptiles there is now a slightly different solution.
Mitigation work for reptiles is very similar to the temporary amphibian fencing required for Great Crested Newts. However, ecologists are becoming increasingly aware that the standard height of newt fencing is insufficient to provide a total barrier to the more mobile reptiles such as lizards.
The solution for this is to install mitigation fencing in varying heights, according to the species found on site. KCM are able to install timber/mypex and plastic at 500mm for newts and slow worms, at 600 for more mobile reptiles such as lizards, and at 825mm for larger reptiles such as grass and smooth snakes. Herpetosure rigid fence panels also come in these heights, so we can supply and install whatever is specified by the ecologists as the best configuration.