ARC's Connecting the Dragons Project Officer, Tawny Clark writes about what the south Wales team have been up to in the build up to the end of the project.

  With the end of Connecting the Dragons only weeks away, you’d think we’d be winding down, getting ready to hang up our boots, preparing for hibernation. But that’s not how we roll here in south Wales. We’re busier than ever, determined to hit (or get as close as humanly possible to) the project targets we haven’t already exceeded; the ones most impacted by global epidemic.

Patience has been a skill of necessity, as we’ve waited for permits and licencing application requests to be chewed over and finally - at the eleventh hour - agreed. Just as the bitter bite of winter grips us, we’re springing into action. To succeed, we must divide and conquer. As the clock ticks, Pete is on a crusade to create ponds in Newport, while I’m off to fight fixed dunes in Aberdyfi. With a mighty (albeit small and select) army of awesome volunteers, we’ll be creating sand patches for our amazing northern race sand lizards, and continuing our mission to connect and conserve our irreplaceable Welsh dragons.


With Reptile Awareness Day coming up this Saturday, 21st October, I’m busy organising a number of grass snake egg laying workshops with community groups and trying to spread the message far and wide - with the help of the handy advice guide I pulled together last summer. Hatching a Plan for Grass Snakes. (Read in Welsh /  Ddeor cynllun... i'r neidr y gwair)

Now’s the perfect time to make one from scratch, or top-up any neglected heaps. Don’t forget to send in photos on ARCs social media pages, it’s wonderful to see everyone doing their bit for native reptile conservation - together we make a positive difference.

Tawny Clark, Connecting the Dragons Project Officer.


If you'd like to read more about ARC’s Connecting the Dragon project and how to get involved visit the project page.

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