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ShareMondays2018 – On The Boardwalk

Common Lizard

ShareMondays2018 – On The Boardwalk

I had a fantastic meet-up with Natural England National Nature Reserve managers, Leo and James, last week at Thursley Common NNR in Surrey. I think coming around with me in my wheelchair was a bit of a revelation to them both, as they discovered how so many little things that you just wouldn’t notice on a ramble, can become the most frustrating obstacles when you’re on wheels or have reduced mobility. We have made some good plans to improve access on the main way-marked paths, increase signs, add disabled parking, add Braille and embossed symbols to signposts, create more passing areas on the boardwalks, firm up the bridleway surface at crossing points, investigate installing more seats and rest points, addition of more railings on certain parts of the boardwalk and getting regular visitors to report any obstacles or loose boards directly to the ranger. Phew!! That’s a lot of work. Some of it should be reasonably easy to get done but with only a few rangers and a big reliance on volunteer workparties, many of our plans could take some time to achieve.

I’ve got my own set of tasks to be getting on with! Plenty of research to start with. One big goal is to actually create a PDF downloadable map. I think that would help all visitors to Thursley, not just those of us with disabilities. After all, getting totally lost is actually pretty disabling for anyone! So, I’m looking forward to meeting with Leo and James again, as well as with others who could help us in this project and I absolutely can’t wait to visit Thursley again! For now it will have to be with some assistance but there is a clear path ahead of us. Earlier today, BBC Springwatch retweeted a quick-edit photo I had taken of a tiny common lizard spotted on the Boardwalk at Thursley so I shall lead this post with a full edit of a larger, adult lizard spotted on the very same Boardwalk. This one’s for ShareMondays2018 and the Wex Mondays challenges. A gallery of more seen from the boardwalk is below:

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Sheltered

Sheltered

The start of October has brought some stormy weather to Kos!

We went down to the ruined temple of Aghios Stephanos to watch the storm roll across the island and the waves crash over the rocky promontory.

Amongst the ruins live geckos and lizards, often hidden from sight in the crevices.

This Stellagama Stellio, or Roughtail Rock Agama, revealed itself briefly whilst seeking out shelter from the blustery weather.

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Bearded Dragon

Bearded Dragon

Today we had to make trip to “Pets at Home” to get a new scratch post for our cat, Pixel and some more bird food for our hungry little garden visitors.

I always get a little bit side tracked at the pet shop though and here is one of my favourite creatures to go and watch for a while. This wonderful lizard is a bearded dragon (Pogona) and they originate from Australia just like me!

I’d love to keep them as pets but we just don’t have the space to give them a really good vivarium, which is essential. They are lovely creatures, very friendly and tactile and will live for around 10 years.

You can link through the photo to the “Pets at Home” web page about them if you think you might be interested in one as a pet.

Please make sure you really do your research before buying and are fully committed as many of these lizards end up needing to be re-homed!