Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Lagoon in danger!

After recent sightings of A Terrapin in our Lagoon - I did a bit of checking to see if they can survive our winters. I found an interesting article on "The Independent" website:

I had an idea they could be a nuisance, but have found out they can be highly destructive to everything else.

Most important Question - Is there only one? or a breeding pair? As the "experts" only THINK their eggs are laid too late & can't survive Autumn.

This animal will dine on everything in the water - Dragonfly Larvae, Tadpoles, Frogs, Fish, Beetles, & when big enough Ducklings & Little Grebe chicks.

We really need to have this beastie REMOVED! Note I don't say destroyed! but removed!, they are fine in the correct place - Aquariums, greenhouses etc. but not munching all our native species.


Steve Blacksmith said...

There were some sightings of terrapins in the Rochdale Canal near Sowerby Bridge in the 1990s. But not since.

AndyC said...

I saw 4 red necked terrapins on the canal near cromwell lock about 10 years ago, floating on a log basking in the sun,,,not to be seen again.

Anonymous said...

We thought we saw a terrapin in the RiverCalder yesterday, underneath a vehicle bridge just along from the weir. We watched it from the foot bridge adjacent. Dave