Reptiles are protected under:
- The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended)
Smooth snake and sand lizard which have more restricted geographical ranges then most British reptiles and thus also protected under:
- The Conservation of Habitat and Species Regulations 2010
When do I need to get in touch?
Reptiles are present throughout the UK on a range of both urban and rural habitats. A projects potential to affect reptiles is usually identified within a Preliminary Ecological Appraisal / Phase 1 Survey. As reptiles can be present on a range of sites is important to establish whether reptiles should be considered, we can advise you on whether it’s suitable to conduct surveys.
To prevent delays in your project it’s important to get in touch as early as possible as reptile surveys are highly seasonal.
How can EcoNorth help me?
We advise you on reptile protection and your options. We undertake all types of reptile survey, licencing and mitigation. We apply best practice guidelines along with our in depth knowledge reptile species, habitat requirements and present the results in our detailed professional reports to inform and support your projects planning application or other consenting process.
Reptile surveys are undertaken between April and September but optimal months are April, May and September.