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Reptile survey

There are six native species of reptile in the UK and all receive protection under UK law.  Smooth snakes and sand lizards have a highly restricted distribution in the UK and receive full and stringent protection under The Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010 and the Wildlife and Countryside Act (1981) (as amended).  These species are found only in the south of England (a large percentage of the populations are found in Dorset) and are found only in heathland and sand dune habitats.  We employ experienced herpetologists licensed to survey and handle smooth snake and sand lizard.

Grass snake, slow worm, common lizard and adder are common in the UK and receive partial legal protection under the Wildlife and Countryside Act: it is illegal to kill or injure these species.  These reptiles are frequently encountered on development projects and are commonly found on brownfield sites.  Our practice has substantial experience in devising and implementing mitigation programmes for these species and can offer the following services:

  • Surveying using artificial ‘heat refuges’ made of bitumen roofing felt.
  • Preparation of reports to support planning applications.
  • Design and implementation of mitigation schemes, including trapping and translocation programmes for the commoner reptile species.
  • Habitat creation and enhancement, including conservation management for smooth snake and sand lizard.