There are six native species of reptiles in Britain, all of which are protected from killing and injuring under Schedule 5 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981. Four of these species; grass snake, adder, slow worm and common lizard, are relatively common and have a wide distribution. Sand lizards and smooth snakes however, are much more restricted in their ranges and as such are afforded protection under European law.
Maydencroft ecologists are experienced in using practical reptile survey methods, and are able to provide ecological method statements to minimise the direct risks posed to reptiles during operations. We can also design and implement mitigation strategies for developments which are considered to have a significant impact on local reptile populations.