Professional ecological and arboricultural services applying local knowledge and experience
Tel: 01621 862986
Fax: 01621 862990
E-mail: eecos@essexwt.org.uk
Abbotts Hall Farm, Great Wigborough, Colchester, CO5 7RZ

Reptile surveys

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All of the Essex species of reptiles are partially protected by the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended) such that it is an offence to intentionally kill or injure any reptile.

Essex supports four species of reptile – Grass Snake, Adder, Common Lizard and Slow Worm – all of which are widespread across the region, with the exception of Adders, now largely restricted to coastal grassland and the few remaining heathland sites. The presence of suitable reptile habitat will be flagged up during our initial Preliminary Ecological Appraisal, and further surveys may be needed.

EECOS have carried out surveys for reptiles throughout the county, from small urban sites to huge coastal grasslands and long stretches of roadside verge. To find out whether or not reptiles are present we will use artificial refuges placed around the site that are attractive to reptiles as basking site or for shelter. These refuges are then checked on a number of occasions under suitable weather conditions and at times of the year when reptiles are most active. The best times are March to May and August to October; surveys during the summer months may require a higher number of checks and it is not possible to find them during the winter.

At sites where reptiles are found to be present, they can often be protected within the site by correctly timing the ground works or by manipulating the vegetation within the development footprint. EECOS has considerable experience of designing and completing translocation projects, when these animals can’t be retained on site, including capture, relocation, and habitat creation or enhancement. Our surveyors are experienced in handling all four species.

If you require a quote please send an email to us at eecos@essexwt.org.uk including a brief description of what is proposed, timescales, site plans and any correspondence received from the Local Planning Authority. Alternatively you can contact us in the office on 01621 862986. We can carry out reptile surveys in Essex and surrounding counties, including Suffolk, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Kent and London.