Hi Folks, I'm trying to interest my grandson in all aspects of natural history which He seems to be really enjoying. I've been told of a location here in Ayrshire which has a population of common lizards and I would like to explore it with him . Is there any way I can attract them to bask in a similar way to Slow Worm ? Cheers,
What an excellent thing to do Danny if only everybody would do the same thing, my oldest son is fascinated by moths and now breeds them whilst the others still follow nature in general, in fact one was even married in the woods while a cellist played ( nature boy) so I must have done something right. As for my grandchildren well these seem to be fascinated by worms, slugs, and snails at present but hey who is to say their interest will not blossom into a lifelong interest in nature as mine has.
So the best idea I can think of is to first provide an area of escape by making log piles and maybe build a small low dry stone wall too if you can with plenty of holes and crevices with grass cover close by since this is the sort of quiet place (off the beaten track) I often find them basking.
Of course this approach will require the material to be taken to the habitat but then again nothing ever came easy not for me anyhow, but I think you will find it well worth the effort in the end.
Incidentally the wall does not have to be anything fancy old pieces of hollow breeze blocks will do with the top of the wall covered with turf, for this approach will also encourage invertebrates to take up residence not only on top but in the wall itself. Of course you may luckily enough to find a place that is already suitable for your observations, in this case try not to cast your shadow across them on your approach since this will cause them to seek cover at the speed of light if you take my meaning, far better to find a place where you can sit and wait since this is the hunting method used by the little owl recently witnessed.
Thanks for taking the time to reply Alan . I'll be going to the suggested area on my own just to see how things are . Had Luca ( my grandson ) out birdwatching with me a few times now, that's more my comfort zone . Not too sure which of us enjoys it most.