Make a simple slow worm habitat

Although endangered nationally, slow worms are still fairly common in Stroud and they deserve our help.  They eat slugs and snails, after all!

You can help them by making a simple home for them in your garden.  All you need is a bit of corrugated roofing sheet (black bitumen sheet, trade name ‘Onduline’, or galvanised corrugated iron sheet).  Put it in a sunny spot, and put a brick or two on it to hold it down. Couldn’t be simpler, and with luck a family of slow worms will soon move in.  They love the heat and safety under the corrugated roofing sheet.

Slow Worm Habitat Stroud
Just put a piece of corrugated roofing sheet (black or galvanised, not clear) in a sunny spot and slow worms will live underneath it – coming out to forage for slugs and snails.
A day after I put the roofing sheet in place, I lifted it up and found a lovely big slow worm (and a slug which would soon be a tasty snack for it).
A few days after I put the roofing sheet in place, I lifted it up and found a lovely big slow worm living there, just as I expected since I often see them in my garden.

I have some offcuts of black roofing sheet available for £4 each (a complete two-metre long sheet is £16 in B&Q Stroud or Wickes Gloucester).

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