Reptile walk about to begin

Reptile walk about to begin

On the Saturday and Sunday of the Bank Holiday Weekend the visitor centre was filled with displays and information about reptiles. There were even some live Slow Worms present to make up for the fact that the weather was  sadly far too cold and wet to see much out in the Park. On both days there was a Ranger led walk giving details of  the various monitoring projects in Queen Elizabeth Forest. This 1,000 acre Forestry Commission plantation has a thriving population of Adder, Grass Snake, Slow Worm and Common Lizard.

On the Monday there was a Family Fun Day, again in the visitor centre and with a reptilian theme. The aim being to introduce the younger visitor to the delights of our snakes and lizards using art and craft. 

The Slow Worm is in fact a legless lizard growing up to 40-45cm and is found throughout the Park. It spends a good deal of its time under the surface and as a consequence is not often seen. For video images of Slow Worms go to the BBC Nature web-site at www.bbc.co.uk/nature

Female Slow Worm

Female Slow Worm

Hampshire is home for 12 of the UK’s 13 native amphibians and reptiles. The Park can boast 8 of these fascinating creatures.

The next event here in the Park that will offer the chance to see some more reptiles will be the BioBlitz on Sunday the 12th August. More information about this and other events can be found in the Park Pages at www.hants.gov.uk/qecp   

 

Craft activities in the visitor centre

Craft activities in the centre

  

 

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