In addition to established surveys of moths, butterflies, dragonflies, damselflies, birds and bats, two new investigations will be undertaken in 2019.
Ten reptile ‘refugia’, in the form of corrugated metal sheets, have been laid out to provide a refuge for reptiles. Once established, they will be regularly monitored and records kept of what is found sheltering underneath them. Visitors to the garden are asked not be tempted to lift the sheets as this may disturb any sheltering snakes or lizards.
Foundation volunteers are also about to undertake their first dedicated mammal survey thanks to the help of the Dorset Mammal Group. A previous annual Garden Wildlife Survey recorded a yellow necked mouse at Knoll and it is hoped to find its descendants alive and well.