The four widespread species of reptile (Common Lizard, Slow Worm, Adder and Grass Snake) are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act against killing, injury and taking.
All occur commonly in south-west England in a variety of habitats but particularly where warm microclimate and shelter are combined. The rarer species, Sand Lizard and Smooth Snake (not found in Cornwall), are afforded additional protection against disturbance and destruction of places used for shelter or protection.
It is important to take into account the potential presence of reptiles in development projects, which may necessitate reptile surveys, habitat creation and ecological watching brief work. In some cases translocation of reptiles may be necessary. Mark can help you with all aspects of this work.