Hugelkultur Mound Hibernacula
AnguisFragilis Posts: 88
This year I’ve dug in a mini Hugel mound as a hibernacula for garden reptiles and amphibians. I’m not growing food on it but wildflowers and heaths for the slow worms. I may never know if it’s actually used for it’s intended purpose but I will be monitoring the reptiles at emergence time next year. If the slow worms are around it at first emergence then it’s fairly likely they’ve used it. It’s the 3rd purpose built hibernacula I’ve installed in the garden. Photos are from winter.
We only discovered that we had slow worms when the cat one day brought one in to show us. He was very gentle with it and, after we had shown appreciation for the gesture, we took it back out to the field, which was his usual exercise area.🙂
If you live in Derbyshire, as I do.
I know I have slow worms, the cat catches them. I did once see a common brown lizard on one of my stone walls, hopefully there are more around, the cat brings me a selection of field mice, voles and shrews etc. as well as moles. The only thing I have not seen is a hedgehog although I think they might be around as I find "poos" which I think are hedgehogs. Rats aplenty, deer, foxes,and badgers in the surrounding fields.
I have just bought a short half round fence post, which I am going to cut in half and share with my daughter, on which to mount my trail camera. I should be able to move it around the garden easily as I have found a new hole in one of my hedges which could be a fox route.
Mine serves the duel purpose of holding back the ever encroaching nettles and brambles from the empty house next door
I really hope you get some inhabitants. Have never seen a slow worm in our garden but there must be some nearby.