Lenes abbey Conservation Volunteeers

HeathLand regeneration

To improve the biodiversity of Lesnes Abbey wood Heath Land which is a rare habitat in Greater London. This rare award winning heathland benifits both the local wildlife and the local community.

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Reptile hibernacula project Lesnes Abbey Conservation Volunteers wish to create a reptile hibernacula (safe haven for hibernating reptiles) in a London heath land habitat.. This project will also envolve heath land habitat preservation with invading plant species being removed. The award winning heath land in Abbey Wood which has been restored by LACV (working with Bexley Council) over the last 12 years is of great importance as it one of the few heath land habitats left in London. By surveying the area over the last year with advice from the herpetological conservation trust (amphibian & reptile experts), LACV has established there is a healthy population of slow worms, & common lizards present (both protected species). By creating the reptile hibernacula (with advice from the herpetological conservation trust & help from BTCV) LACV hopes to increase the resident reptile population, benefit other local native wildlife (insects, wasps & solitary bees), promote nature conservation in the local community, provide work experience & training for people from the local community & help LACV build stronger links with other organizations