Reptiles

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Reptiles-Current Status and why they are protected

All British reptiles are protected under the Wildlife & Countryside Act 1981 (as amended) and are therefore protected from intentional or reckless killing or injury. Sand lizard and smooth snake and their places of shelter are afforded ‘full’ protection under Schedule 2 of the Conservation of Habitats & Regulations (2010). This makes it an offence to intentionally or recklessly kill, injure, disturb, take, possess or sell these species (in all life stages). It is also illegal to damage, destroy or obstruct access to places they use for breeding, resting, shelter and protection. 

All species of reptile are priority species in the UK BAP and have been adopted as Species of Principal Importance under Section 41 of the NERC Act (2006).

Darwin Ecology Reptile Services:

  • Reptile surveys
  • Installation of reptile exclusion fencing
  • Hibernacula creation
  • Habitat design and creation

Reptile Surveys







An initial walkover survey will identify whether a site has suitable habitat to support reptiles. Secondary reptile surveys may be require which are undertaken during the reptile activity season. Surveys may consist of both a visual search of the habitat for basking reptiles in the open and a search beneath artificial and natural refugia.

Artificial refugia are frequently used in surveys, being the most reliable method for assessing reptile presence or absence on a site. The refugee are laid out in habitats considered suitable for reptiles and after a period of approximately eight weeks, they are checked for the presence of reptiles basking on or under them. 

The optimum months for reptile surveys are April-May and September. Typically 5-7 visits in suitable weather are sufficient to provide reptile presence or absence from a site. Use the reptile survey and mitigation calendar above to help plan your works schedule.

Mitigation





The planning application process considers the presence of any reptile species on a site to be a material consideration and developers must 
demonstrate that a suitable mitigation plan has been 
produced to minimise the risk of killing or injury to reptiles. 

Development plans should aim to retain and conserve existing habitats and reptile populations on site. If this is not possible, reptiles may need to be translocated to suitable alternative habitat nearby.

Licensing






European Protected Species Licensed are required for developments affecting smooth snake and sand 
lizards only. If any reptiles are confirmed to be presenton a development site, planning permission
may be refused unless you can clearly demonstrate that the species will be adequately protected during the development process and that disturbance will be minimised. It is therefore advisable to include a method statement with any planning application that will affect reptiles, outlining the mitigation and compensation measures necessary. In England, survey licences are issued by Natural England.

For more information on reptile surveys in the South and South-West contact us now.
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Do you want to get a bat survey done on your property? Call Darwin Ecology Ltd in Shaftesbury on the number below now.

07748 843 842
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