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Reptile Surveys

PENNINE ecological have over 15 years experience of undertaking reptile surveys, mitigation and post-development monitoring for the following protected reptile species:

  • Common lizard

  • Slow worm

  • Grass snake

  • Adder

We have survey experience of the full range of reptile habitats in Britain, including derelict post-industrial land, heathland, coastal grassland, chalk pits and other limestone grassland, railway verges, and the motorway verge network. 

Standard methods of survey involve strategic placing artificial refugia during the active period for reptiles from April to early October.  This is allied to basking spot surveys of suitable habitat using binoculars. 

Mitigation often involves selection of suitable receptor sites and translocation of reptile populations from development sites.  

We also have experience of destructive search at development sites, working alongside excavators to capture reptiles during ground preparations prior to development. 

Post-development work includes monitoring of survival rates by marking pattern recognition photography of adult animals, and suitable habitat management of receptor sites, for example construction of hibernacula and provision of log pile refuges and compost heaps.

All sizes of survey are carried out. 

Clients include:

United Utilities, the Highways Agency, British Gas, Rail Link Engineering, Mott Macdonald civil engineers, Twin Valley Homes and Berkeley Homes.