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Reptile Surveys


Reptile surveys should be undertaken between the months of April to September (ideally during April, May and/or September), and consist of an initial site visit to identify areas of suitable reptile habitat followed by the deployment of artificial cover objects in these areas.   The artificial cover objects are usually left undisturbed for a few weeks to ‘bed-in’ before being checked for a minimum of seven survey visits for the possible presence of sheltering or basking reptiles.  Where the presence of reptiles has been confirmed, additional survey visits are usually required to establish the size of the population concerned.  Due to the seasonal constraints and considerable fieldwork required to undertake a reptile survey, any requirement to undertake such a survey should be factored in at the earliest opportunity.   

Reptile Animal Surveys