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Common lizard at Mildenhall

WFE provided an ECoW to oversee the extension of Mildenhall Household Waste Recycling Centre. Following pre-construction surveys, which found a small population of common lizards, carefully timed clearance of vegetation was advised to ensure minimal impacts to breeding birds and reptile species.

Prior to clearance works a suitably qualified ECoW walked over the site and confirmed that no birds were nesting. Vegetation was then cut to ground level under ECoW supervision and maintained at a low height to discourage common lizards and other terrestrial animal species from using the area.  

The ECoW was present on site whilst the ground layer was stripped and tree stumps removed. The remaining common lizards were successfully trans-located by hand away from the worked area.

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