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    Posted: 13 May 2012 at 6:22pm
I set out this moring in a good mood, as you can probably tell from the pic I posted marked 'bliss'.
 
It didn't take long did it. I thought, right, some Grassies today so went along to Rushey Plain.
 
I've frequented this area for over thirty years, and it was that bad, I was disorientated, didn't know which direction was which... I reckon over the years I have caught or photographed approx 100 Grass Snakes in this area - now look, gone. Everything scraped to buggery. Even the hibernaculum only fit now for hi-di-hi campers.
 
I can't even put down how gutted I am.
 
 
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Sorry about the poor quality photo, it's very old, but this is the sort of ground that it was.
 
 
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Rob the bastards have gone bonkers I had my first adder grassiea sloworms and lvs all from this area called rushhey plane 50 year ago F****** twots they shoul all be sacked my sympathy keith
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You wouldn't think it possible would you?

My sympathy Rob, I know how it feels to go to what you think is a safe site to see it has fallen under a management plan..... ..... I wonder what the excuses will be this time, blame the contractors, oh it was a mistake..... etc etc.
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I am going metal detecting on this devastated place and will look forward to being challenged by some agency warden about it being a protected area keith

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Keith took the words right out of my mouth!  I thought lessons from the past had been learned in EF, but evidently not.
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Nothing that a few picnic tables and interpretation boards won't improve!
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Cheers guys,
 
I've calmed down a bit now, but it's just unbelievable isn't it.
 
I can't imagine any ecology course, or advice paper, or college hand out ever saying, conservation - bald is the new thatch!
 
There isn't even a blade for a single lizard - how did that get passed as a green light?
 
And you're right Suzi, a nice set of double benched slatted combos, just the ticket, but let Keith do his metal detecting first, he might find an old rusty sign saying out of bounds no bikes or horses, bulldozers only, or might even find the missing bolt from the JCB's bucket.
 
I've got to move, find pastures new, long horns were bad enough.
 
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This is unbelievable.  It would be interesting to know what "logic" was behind the decision to do this.  Then maybe this devastation could be used as a good example of what not to do in similar circumstances at other sites?

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They already have enough examples at EF Tim to fill a book! 

It's back to the old story, they get funding to do the work, they are not going to let a little thing like protected species get in the way of that.

Very sad but the logic is I'm afraid finance and it is the same story at hundreds of sites across the UK.
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