Amphibians and reptiles get a helping hand at Llangloffan Fen

We have recently benefitted from funding from Amphibian and Reptile Conservation to restore and create new ponds at its Llangloffan Fen nature reserve.

Llangloffan Fen Ponds

Llangloffan Fen Ponds

Two ponds, one of which was an old one now restored have been created with the use of a mechanical digger. These new areas of open water will provide further suitable habitat for the assemblage of species the reserve supports that depend on them.

Amphibians such as frogs, toads and newts will of course benefit the greatest yet invertebrates such as damsel and dragonflies, birds such as Heron and Water rail and aquatic plants such as the rare Three-lobed water crowfoot and Pillwort will also gain.

One of the pools is of considerable size and evidence of Otter use has already been recorded through spraints being found on adjacent tussocks.

Spoil from the excavated pools has been piled in banks nearby having a south westerly aspect so as to provide suitable basking opportunities off the wetland floor for reptiles such as the Common lizard, Adder and Grass snake.

Llangloffan Fen Ponds

Llangloffan Fen Ponds

These banks should allow a visitor to the reserve a better opportunity to see one of the species named although Grass snakes are also aquatic in nature and can spend up to an hour under water if disturbed!

It will take a year or so for species to really establish themselves within the new areas of open water yet from the results of past ponds created on site, the future looks good.

Nathan Walton, Wildlife Trust Officer for Pembrokeshire