Wall lizard project - Stogumber colony

Stogumber
(Somerset)

 

Closest Town:

WILLITON (4 km)

 

Introduction date:

1981

Site Name:

Stogumber

 

Source of introduction:

Stock from the Wellington colony

Site Access:

Public

 

Colony Status:

Extirpated

Relative population estimate:

0

 

Extirpation date:

N/a

 
History:

This colony was a deliberate introduction attempt made in (around) 1981. About ten adult lizards (spp. unknown) from the Wellington colony were released at a fruit and honey farm at Stogumber in north Somerset, close to the town of Williton. The release site was at the top of a south facing valley where there was a sandstone ridge, the hamlet about 1/2 mile down the valley consisted of around 6 stone houses with stone walls. There have been no confirmed sightings since 1983.Occasional reports suggest that the colony still exists, although these reports are not confirmed.

 
Ecological impact:

Not assessed

 
Habitat:

Based upon residential gardens and walls. Can often be seen basking on the walls of village buildings.

 
Morphology:

Believed to be the brown-backed form, and of French origin.

 
Location: