Reptile Surveys


You may need a reptile survey if you’re developing a piece of land that is home to various reptiles, or presents likely habitat conditions. We can help.

Betts has offered this specialist ecology service for over 30 years. We’ve smoothed the process for many planning applications, working to preserve the natural environment whilst enabling progress. We'd love to support you too.

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What species do reptile surveys cover?

Our comprehensive reptile surveys cover the six native species in the UK. This includes “common” reptiles: grass snake, slow-worn, adder and common lizard.

It also covers two reptiles that are more heavily protected: smooth snake and sand lizard.

All reptiles are protected by law in Britain. Rarer species have very strict legal protection. 

You can face a heavy fine if you kill or injure these reptiles, or for the rarer ones, their breeding sites or resting places. The right advice keeps you on the safe side of the law!


What are the survey methods?

Upon discussion with you, we’ll confirm the best survey methods. Quite often, we’re looking to confirm the presence of reptiles by creating artificial refuges in a suitable habitat on your site. This might include using materials such as corrugated tiles, roofing felt and carpet tiles.

Such methods allow us to assess the population and we’ll check the refuges on seven separate occasions, in suitable weather conditions.

If no presence is established, nothing further will be required.

When can the surveys be done?

We carry out reptile surveys from March to October. Late spring and September are always the optimum months. Excessively high temperatures reduce the amount of basking reptiles do, whilst cooler temperatures lead to early hibernation.


What happens if reptiles are found?

If reptiles are confirmed on your site, mitigation will be required. We may need to apply for a derogation licence on your behalf, before any work is undertaken, especially with regard to sand lizards and smooth snakes.

We’ll work closely with you to develop a suitable mitigation plan, ensuring that actions are legal and appropriate.


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