Reptiles

Grass Snake

Grass Snake

Reptiles frequently occur on both green and brown field sites and are protected in the UK against killing and injury. There are six reptile species in Britain; the four most widely distributed are adder, grass snake, common lizard  and slow worm. The other two species are smooth snake and sand lizard, which are heathland specialists with very restricted ranges and further protection under European and UK law. 

Wild Frontier Ecology is highly experienced in reptile surveys and mitigation for development.  If a Preliminary Ecological Assessment identifies suitable habitat for reptiles, it is possible that a survey will be needed to establish presence/ absence. A survey involves deployment of artificial refuges, which are periodically checked for reptile presence. If reptiles are found, we will advise on strategies for avoidance of harm and subsequent net biodiversity gain. 

Reptile Services

  • Habitat suitability assessment for reptiles
  • Reptile surveys – presence/ absence and population 
  • Habitat creation and enhancement for reptiles
  • Precautionary Methods of Working for reptiles
  • Advice on legal implications of a project in relation to reptiles
  • Mitigation work – installing exclusion fencing, and trapping out development sites, habitat manipulation
  • Ecological Clerk of Works (ECoW)
Will translocating a Slow Worm

Will translocating a Slow Worm

Project Example

WFE completed the successful removal and relocation of common lizards and slow worm from a housing development site in Suffolk. 

After negotiation with the local council, over 200 animals were translocated to a nearby Country Park and the site was cleared without any mortality. We performed ecological clerk of works duties whilst the vegetation was removed, working closely with the contractors to ensure no animals were killed. Three hibernacula were installed on the receiving site to support the increased reptile population.

For further examples of  our work with reptiles see the mitigation page.