Habitat Creation at Hampton Court Park
Members of the Richmond Biodiversity Partnership enjoyed a walkover of the paddocks at Hampton Court Park (aka Home Park) to see the newly created wetland habitats- including sluices to aid control of the Longford River- installed over the last two years. Part of good stewardship of the wildlife in this oasis- is the control of mink - prevalent in this catchment, particularly in the river Mole and our stretch of the Thames.
We were told that the rafts are no longer baited with food as they became a magnet for rats, but instead a gland is obtained from America, which once attracted a mink within 20 minutes of being employed.
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