Reptiles / Amphibians
We do not know why but the success of the frogs and toads varies greatly from year to year. It is about five years since we have had a good spawning season for frogs. Beaver ponds have been demonstrated by the Devon Wildlife Trust to steadily increase frog numbers and we hope that we will see an improvement soon.
Apart from a very few Common Lizards Lacerta vivipara the farm is devoid of reptiles. Previous owners told us that Adders Vipera beris were present in the 1920s and we have once seen a Slow-worm Anguis fragilis within a kilometre of the farm but that is all. We have been maintaining old brush piles and composting materials when working around the farm, to provide homes for reptiles but we think they will need a helping hand if adjacent populations are too far away to colonise naturally.
Since this was written we have seen both adders and slow worms. This is a very positive step forward for our biodiversity and one which we will be attempting to improve further.
|Common Toad||Bufo bufo|
|Common Frog||Rana temporaria|
|Palmate Newt||Triturus helveticus|
|Smooth Newt||Triturus vulgaris|