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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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By WMLCG - posted Jun 22nd 2021 at 10:00AM

Undercover of a wet cold May, a few precious summer visitors attempted to establish themselves in the wind-swept trees, hedges and blooms in WML. An insectivorous midsummer madness has played havoc with numbers: only singleton Emperor Dragonfly, Common Darter, Black-tailed Skimmer have joined a two Beautiful Demoiselle and a few Common Blue damselflies, whilst lepidoptera have been confined to occasional sightings of Red Admiral, Small Tortoiseshell, Speckled Wood and the first Meadow Brown well into June: the list of missing butterflies is of concern. Likewise, bumblebee numbers were down in comparison to last year as too are reptilian and amphibian observations.

So it was great to record two  ‘firsts since records began’:  a fleeting record of a Sedge warbler  in fine song on 6th June and some half-dozen sightings of a Barn owl quartering the fields at dusk end of May and early June. Regrettably, Hirundine nesting is at an all- time low, but Great-spotted Woodpeckers and Goldfinch numbers have increased.

Perhaps the increase in patrolling cats might account for the few records of small mammals, or the apparent breeding success of Vulpes vulpes. No dedicated bat recordings have been kept this year, so only mixed Pipistrelles and Noctules have been noted.

The hedgerows are growing, the potholes are deepening, the Masterplan has seemingly “melted into thin air” and the Head of Planning has resigned.

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