Reptile Survey

The four most common species of reptile, including grass snake, slow worm, adder and common lizard, receive partial protection under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (and amendments). Smooth snakes and sand lizards are fully protected under the Conservation of Habitats and Species Regulations 2010 and the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981, as amended.

Reptiles are most commonly observed in grassland and heathland sites, although they are also associated with scrub, wetlands, woodland and coastal habitats. Reptiles can often be found in man-made habitats such as railway embankments, road verges, churchyards and golf courses, particularly where there are areas with a sunny south-facing slope and open vegetation.

Ecosulis employs reptile experts and licence holders, and offers services including:

Consulting Contracting

Reptile surveys and monitoring: Artificial refugia and habitat searches

Masterplanning: Advising on how to incorporate reptiles into development

Reptile Mitigation: Design of hibernacula and refuges, basking and foraging habitats, green corridors, beneficial planting schemes and management plans

Licences: Statutory National Government Organisation reptile licences in England, Wales and Scotland


Habitat disturbance: Erection of temporary and permanent reptile fencing, capture and relocation and Ecological Clerk of Works

Habitat enhancement and creation: Grassland, scrub and woodland creation, installation of hibernacula and refuges, green corridor planting and landscaping

Habitat management: Maintaining reptile habitat mosaics, including short and tall grassland, scrub and woodland/trees