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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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Update for 2021

By WMLCG - posted Feb 12th 2021 at 10:45AM

Whilst the wilful arboricide along WML continues seemingly unchecked and unreported by those responsible at MDDC and the flooding at the other end is a reminder of the bad old days, there is good news on the nature front:

  • The first ever record in 20 years of a hibernating dormouse in an

 undisclosed site along the lane

  • An uncommon record of Marsh tits near Copplestone
  • First year record of queen Buff-tailed bumblebee near Chapel Anthony (before the freezing weather set in!)
  • A cache of grass snake eggs transposed to a safer site.

The finalisation of the Area B Masterplan continues to be delayed. In December, this was apparently due to the “Masterplan is now waiting on a Play Pitch Strategy document. It is a significant piece of work that is only just revealing details. The masterplan will be confirmed early 2021”.  (MDDC 16 Dec 2020)

Perhaps the grass snakes will see the light of day before the document does?

Meanwhile, is the white blackbird of the Railway Walk a true albino or a leucistic one: a photo would be helpful!


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