Common lizard

Reptiles

The more widespread reptile species (slow-worm, common lizard, grass snake and adder) are legally protected from harm. Rarer reptiles (sand lizard and smooth snake) are also protected from harm but are afforded additional legal protection in that their habitat may not be damaged or destroyed and resting and sheltering places may not be obstructed.

If you are carrying out work that may impact on reptiles, you are therefore likely to need presence / likely absence and potentially population assessment surveys. These are possible in suitably dry, warm weather, usually between mid-March and the end of September. It can often get too hot in the peak summer months to conduct reptile surveys, so instructing these during spring can often prevent delays to survey completion.

A derogation licence is only required from the statutory body for works impacting sand lizards and/or smooth snakes. As their ranges are very limited, it is uncommon to encounter these species on development sites.

Contact us now with any ecology queries: Claire Munn, Principal Ecologist: claire@daa-arboriculture.co.uk