October volunteer activity – Grass snake egg hunt

Grass Snake (Natrix natrix) Photo by Henry Glynn

Sunday 5th October 2014 – La Moye Golf Course, St Brelade – 10:30 – 13.00

From Jersey Conservation Volunteers

Dear volunteers,

I hope that you all enjoyed the (mainly) amazing summer we have had and although autumn is on its way at least there is the monthly Jersey Conservation Volunteer tasks to look forward to!

Please find details of the first conservation task of the season below (please note that this is a week earlier than is usual)

The details

Grass snake egg hunt

The site

October volunteer event - La Moye Golf Course parkingLa Moye Golf Course, St Brelade.
Parking: Please park in the gravel car park on the left before the road crosses the golf course (see area circled in blue on map).

The task

As part of ongoing research into the status and conservation of Jersey’s grass snakes, we will be investigating a possible snake egg-laying site at La Moye Golf Course to check for egg shells. The task will require the careful de- and re-construction of large grass and soil heaps in order to search for egg shells, in the hope of confirming snake breeding at the site. There is also a possibility we will come across hatchling snakes, and other animals using the heaps.

Grass snakes are the rarest reptiles in Jersey, and our only native snake species, and so efforts to determine the habitats they are using are extremely important. Currently they appear to be restricted to the west and south-west of the Island, and we have had several sightings in and close to La Moye Golf Course, making it a key study area.

As we will be working on a golf course it is important that anyone attending sticks to the areas designated on the day.

Tools needed

If you have any of the following, please bring along:
Shovels
Garden forks
Buckets
Gardening gloves
Garden sieves

Clothing needed

It may still be sunny so please bring:
Appropriate clothing
Water
Sun cream (weather dependent).

Children All children are welcome but must be supervised by a parent or guardian during the task.

We can’t guarantee sun, but we can guarantee Kim and her amazing cakes to reward your hard work!