Reptile fencing

October 14, 2008 at 09:22 | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment


The former derelict docklands at the south of Barrow Island are changing fast now. Much of the ground has been levelled, roads laid out, street lighting erected, and presumably all kinds of underground infrasructure being installed ready for the shiny new business park. Signs have gone up indicating that the land is ready for development from November 2008. Hell, that’s next month – watch this space! (How closely one has to watch it may depend on there being more takers for the land than there have been for tenancy of the much-vaunted speculative office block Emlyn Hughes House, by the station. After a year of emptiness, the Crown Prosecution Service has been persuaded to move its local office there.)

Meanwhile, a tract of precious open land is rapidly being lost; grassy, scrubbly land much appreciated by toads[1], lizards and snakes. To preserve these creatures as their habitat shrinks, “Herpetosure” reptile fencing has been run round those bits that survive, in order to corall the beasties into a smaller and smaller area so that they can then be collected and safely rehoused. Of course, there’s always the question of whether there will be any habitat left for them anywhere. The reptiles are praying for recession!

[1] I’m well aware that toads are amphibians and not reptiles, thank you!


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  1. Toads are indeed amphibians, but herpetology is the study of both reptiles and amphibians, so the fence should corral them all! See, that education at the Grammar Schoolwasn’t wasted after all.

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