Widespread reptiles, including Viviparous (Common) Lizard, Slow-Worm, Grass Snake and Adder are protected from killing and injury under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended). The rarer reptile species, Smooth Snake and Sand Lizard, as well as being protected under the WCA, are protected under the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2017. Under this legislation it is an offence to capture, kill, disturb or injure these species, or obstruct, damage or destroy their breeding or resting place.
Viviparous Lizard, Slow-Worm and Grass Snake in particular, are quite common throughout Britain and are found in a variety of habitats including rough grassland, gardens, open woodland and edge habitats, such as aside hedgerows.
Reptile presence / absence and population assessment surveys can be undertaken at a time when reptiles are active in mid-March – June and September. Surveys undertaken in July and August are unreliable due to the behavioral changes of reptiles in this period.
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