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Conservation

The character of this area is a combination of the architecture of the buildings, the setting of those buildings within their gardens and the layout of the properties, often called the street street scene.

All of these can be enhanced by sensitive development or destroyed by inappropriate development.

Gardens are under threat from government imposed targets for higher density housing and this has been compounded by the classification of gardens as "Brown Field" sites and a therefore a priority for redevelopment.

Unfortunately the loss of trees and green space caused by urban intensification leads to heat islands, which exacerbate the effects of global warming.

The loss of gardens and the demolition of older buildings is also threatening the wildlife in the area, particularly bats and stag beetles.

Bats

Bats roost in this area and can be seen in the evenings as they catch insects. You are most likely to see a pipistrelle bat, they are a very small mammal, weighing less than a 10p piece, but eating around 3000 insect a night. Very useful. Bats roost in roofs, under hung tiles, in old trees or garden sheds.

Bats are a European Protected Species. Under the Habitats directive 1994, it is an offence to disturb a bat roost and for this reason a licence is required before carrying out any work that may disturb a bat roost. This could be demolishing a house, garden shed, or even old trees.

For more information see the  Bat Conservation Trust

or for more local information Surrey Bat Group

Stag Beetles

Stag Beetles are a common sight in the summer, just before dusk. It may surprise you to know that they are a threatened species, protected by the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

It is believed that it's decline is due to the destruction of its key habit, dead wood, by the "tidying-up" of woodlands and gardens. Stag beetle larvae spend up to seven years slowly growing in dead wood, logs or old tree stumps. The larvae do not eat living wood and cause no damage, the adults are not thought to eat at all.

Join the Great Stag Hunt

One of the ways to ensure its survival is to keep a check on where it is found. The Great stage Hunt found 2412 Stag Beetles in 2006. If you see a Stag Beetle report it to the Great Stag Hunt using the web.

Join the Great Stag Hunt 2007

BB4B

If you want to encourage Stag Beetles in your garden, collect fallen and dead branches and leave them in a pile in a quite corner of the garden. Alternatively bury a bucket of wood chippings. BB4B, BuryBuckets4Beetles is a project run by the Peoples Trust for Endangered Species.

View or download the BB4B instructions from BB4B 

 

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