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Dragons in Your Garden

Kent Reptile and Amphibian Group's  “Dragons in Your Garden” Wild About Gardens award 2013

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Kent Reptile and Amphibian Group (KRAG) is delighted to again join forces with KWT to promote wildlife friendly gardening.  As part of KWT’s wildlife gardening award scheme KRAG introduced a new “Dragons in Your Garden” award in 2010 for the most reptile and amphibian friendly garden.  

The 2013 competition starts soon. You can enter the competition anytime until June 30th 2012 by calling Dot or Maureen at KWT on 01622 662012 to ask for a form or visit the Kent Wildlife Trust website and.......Wild About Gardens

What can you do to help?  

You can help by creating the kinds of features that will benefit reptiles and amphibians in your garden.  Amphibians need damp areas and fish free ponds to breed in.  Reptiles need basking areas and places that will keep them warm.  Both need places that are safe to hibernate in and a good supply of invertebrate prey.  You can help provide these features by building a pond, having an undisturbed compost heap, a south facing rockery with vegetation cover, a vegetation “mosaic” that gives a range of temperatures and cover, basking features such as logs, tiles, felt or tin, areas to shelter and hibernacula to help animals escape the frost and snow in the winter.   

Features to be avoided are netting over ponds, cats and slug pellets all of which are reptile and amphibian killers!).

The Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust has produced a booklet called “Dragons in Your Garden”  you can download it at http://www.arc-trust.org/dragons/download.php or you can order a copy from This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 01733 558960.

Also there is a great step by step guide to building your own wildlife friendly pond produced by the Froglife organisation with HCT and ARC, download your free .pdf copy:

Just Add Water

Natural England have produced two excellent publications about amphibians and reptiles in gardens.  Download by clicking on the following links.

Amphibians in Your Garden                    Reptiles in Your Garden