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Cardiff University Slow Worm Project: The first three years

Raye, Lee 2019. Cardiff University Slow Worm Project: The first three years. [Project Report]. Cardiff: Cardiff University.

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Abstract

The Cardiff University Slow Worm Project started in 2015 and has been running for three years. • The aim of the project is to look after slow worms on Cardiff University land. • The slow worm (Anguis fragilis) is a species of legless lizard which is in decline in Wales. • The project is being carried out by the Cardiff University Grounds Maintenance Team in Sport in partnership with Cardiff University Residences. • The project has created a slow worm habitat on a secret site at Cardiff University. Refugia (see Glossary) have been placed on the site, which are used by slow worms to help them warm up. • A population of slow worms is breeding on or near site. • The slow worms are surveyed at least once every other week during summer. • The number of slow worms on site may be increasing. Slow worm populations will stop increasing when they reach maximum carrying capacity (see Glossary). • The highest count so far was in August 2018 when 12 were seen on one visit. • With a better camera the project could identify individuals and estimate the total population.

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Sustainable Places Research Institute (PLACES)
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Q Science > QH Natural history
Uncontrolled Keywords: slow worm, Anguis fragilis, lizard, herpetology, British fauna, site report
Publisher: Cardiff University
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 17 January 2019
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2019 12:15
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/118079

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