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Newts & Reptiles

There are six native species of common reptile in the UK; the grass snake, slow-worm, adder, common lizard, smooth snake and sand lizard. All receive strict legal protection. The rarer species (smooth snake and sand lizard) receive additional protection at a European level. Generally reptiles are encountered in grassland, scrubland or on the fringes of woodland and hedgerows. They are also often found in back gardens and on brown field sites meaning that in our experience, reptiles are amongst the most commonly encountered species.

Newt & Reptile Surveys

Should initial surveys of a site identify habitats potentially suitable for reptiles, Clarkson and Woods can carry out a detailed habitat appraisal, direct observation of basking sites and refugia surveys.

Further help

Where reptiles are found our experts prepare appropriate mitigation strategies to discharge planning conditions. This may involve reptile translocations, destructive searches, installation of reptile proof fencing and habitat creation.

When

Reptile surveys and mitigation can only be undertaken whilst reptiles are active. This is weather dependent, however as a general rule surveys can only be conducted between March and September.

Case Studies

Initial Survey

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