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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

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Wildlife update summer 2018

By WMLCG - posted Sep 2nd 2018 at 4:00PM

Wildlife update summer 2018

A recent survey of bat activity in a section of WML recorded 8 species. Together with the previous surveys undertaken by PCL Planning Ltd (2014), Engain (2013), and Baker Shepherd Gillespie (2007) on behalf of the various potential developers, this suggests that a total of 13 species have been recorded in the wider area of WML. This underlines the need to protect the corridors afforded by the hedgerow, ancient trees, woodland edges and water of WML for the survival of bats in this area.

 Although it  has been customary  not to include the data for Tidcombe Lane Fen SSSI in the  more  and general records of WML, this would have precluded the satisfaction of a  record of  White Admiral (laminitis Camilla) a rather late but nonetheless  first for the SSSI on 29th August.. Its only other record for WML was in August 2015.

With the help of the summer sunshine, butterflies have been well recorded along the lane (apologies to Mr Linnaeus):

Brimstone, Small, Large and Green-veined White, Orange-tip

Small Copper

Common and Holly Blue

(White Admiral vs.) Red Admiral, Painted Lady, Small Tortoiseshell, Peacock, Comma

Silver-washed Fritillary

Speckled Wood, Gatekeeper, Meadow Brown, Ringlet


Dragon/ Damselfly numbers seem to be significantly reduced this year with only Beautiful Demoiselle, Large Red, Common, Azure and Blue-tailed damselfly, Southern Hawker and Emperor Dragonfly putting in lane-side appearances

Of the reptiles and amphibians, a few Grass Snake and Slow-worm were noted as were Common Frog, Common Toad and Smooth Newt; there was a single record of Common lizard in late August.

The usual mammal records included Wood and House Mouse, Bank Vole, Shrew spp, Brown Rat, Grey Squirrel, Mole (thanks, Dave!) Rabbit, Red Fox, Roe Deer and just for a change, Weasel.

As for birds, a mixed picture emerged with significant reduction in breeding House Martin, Barn Swallow, Spotted Flycatcher, Willow Warbler and Tree Creeper. This may be related to the increased garden visits from Carrion Crow, Magpie, and Herring Gull. Certainly the Grey Heron accounted for the very brief stay of three gold fish in one pond! Disappointingly, there have been no sitings of Hobby, Peregrine or Red Kite this year.

Amongst the total list of 54 for the Lane for first eight months of the year, other species numbers were stable in comparison with previous years, full details at the end of the year.

Records for moths and bees exist such as they are!

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