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.
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).