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species totals

Richard Jeffreys, in his superb ‘Wild life in a southern county’* writes of a farm in 1860s Wiltshire that it is ‘constantly visited by about thirty five wild creatures, and, in addition, five others come now and then, making a total of forty. Of these forth, twenty six are birds, two bats, eight quadrupeds and four reptiles.’

So how does the Lane compare?

birds: 43
bats: 2
‘quadrupeds’: 11
reptiles: none seen

so we need to look harder for reptiles - the lack of stream/pond might play a part here.

* p. 145 of the 2011 Little Toller edition