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Newt Survey at Wigpool

Rare Trees Press release

The Beaver Project - January 2018


Newt Survey at Wigpool


Dave Dewsbury, the County Recorder for Amphibians and Reptiles, organised a newt survey at Wigpool lake. He had put a series of his Dewsbury newt traps in the lake the night before. A good collection of adults and children came out in the morning, which was bright and fresh, to see what we could find in the various traps. These traps provide a safe way for the newts to congregate as they swim into them for refuge. There were loads of newts including all three British species - the Great Crested, Palmate and Smooth newt - and both male and female were found. The newts must be very abundant in this lake. Wigpool Lake is the only natural lake in the Forest of Dean as all the other lakes are man made.

The image below shows one of the white traps being pulled in by the children


There will be another survey at Woorgreen Lake on 28/29 April. Setting out the equipment from 4pm on Saturday, 28 April. Meet in the car park opposite the Arboretum at 9am. On Sunday, 29th April we will be checking the newts at a later time of 11am as part of the Forest Activities Festival. The Activities Festival will be taking place on Speech House Field from 10am. To take part in the newt survey either meet us at the Foresters' Forest stand on the field at 10:45 or in the car park opposite the Arboretum at 11.00.


Rare Trees Press release


The Beaver Project - January 2018

The project to introduce beavers to Greathough Brook at Piano Corner is, at last, beginning to take shape. Preparation in the valley is proceeding very well now and the fencing is due to be erected in the next couple of months. The Dean Green Team have done many surveys of the flora and fauna over the last couple of years and will continue to do this in the future to see what effect the beavers will have on the environment.

The image below is of a rain gauge which has been situated in the valley for quite a few months and it is designed to measure the rainfall before it travels to the stream.


The bulldozers have been round all the existing tracks which encircles the valley for nearly 2 miles to open them up in preparation for the fencing. It might look rather messy right now but the vegetation will soon grow over it in the spring and summer. There is also a new part of the track going steeply down the hill to complete the ring fencing.



A new pipe has been installed which takes the water directly through a soggy area where it collects from the high slopes of the valley.


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