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The hedgerows of West Manley Lane are afforded protection under the Hedgerow Regulations 1997... this importance relates to the botanical diversity of woody species and the association of protected and / or rare species of animals

Devon Wildlife Consultants Report 2009

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Tiverton Grand Canal and its environs with its walking and cycling leisure opportunities is of great importance giving pleasure to locals and tourists as well as providing biodiversity and economic benefits for the local community

Devon Wildlife Consultants Report 2009

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1st May 2019

By WMLCG - posted May 1st 2019 at 5:00PM

A wet, cool May Day brings to an end a rather mixed four months of fauna records for the Lane.

Frog spawn appeared by mid February, but toads were (and are still) absent. Tadpoles and Common Newt were active by mid-March. The first butterfly was a Small Tortoiseshell on 25th February, accompanied on the day by both Buff-tailed and Tree bumblebee queens. The variable weather has not been conducive to significant numbers of Lepidoptera, only singles of Orange Tip, Peacock and Brimstone, Large White and Holly Blue were recorded by end of April. The appearance of White-tailed bumblebee was followed later by its parasitic Forest cuckoo bee by mid April.

The fewer than usual Redwing and Fieldfare numbers left early in the year, and a single Little Egret was around for a few days in end of January. Early migrants included Chiffchaff 2nd February Blackcap 18th April and singleton Swallow and Willow Warbler on 25th April both of which have passed through! To date there are no records of House Martin or nesting Swallows in the Lane; perhaps that is related to the seemingly low numbers of insects.

Small mammals are similarly poorly recorded, with only Pipistrelle species being picked up on the detector. It is hope to re-site a Devon Bat Group’s detector again this year, following the success of last year’s records.

Meanwhile, the application for a further dwelling between Copplestone and Rose Barn has been refused by MDDC. The officers’ report is included in the REPORTS page. It is assumed that an appeal will be submitted. Much of the juxtaposed ‘Priority Habitat’ was removed prior to the application, with the inevitable effect on associated fauna.

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