Reptiles: Ecology, Surveys & Mitigation training

Reptiles: Ecology, Surveys & Mitigation – CIEEM course

Date: September 24, 2019
Time: 10:00 am  to  4:00 pm


The one-day training course will provide participants with the skills and knowledge to confidently set up and undertake a reptile survey and propose mitigation. This will improve their ecological expertise and make them more employable or valuable to their employer.


This one day training course, delivered by Demian Lyle, will cover the following key areas:

– Identification of the six native UK reptile species and more common non-native reptile species
– The ecology, including habitat requirements, of reptiles in the UK
– The legislation and guidance documents pertaining to reptiles in England and Wales
– Designing and undertaking an appropriate reptile survey
– Mitigation and enhancement measures.

Demian is the reptile species lead at The Ecology Consultancy and the reptile technical lead for HS2 Phase 2B Lot 1. He has worked in ecological consultancy, specialising in reptiles, since 2009. He holds a Natural England licence to survey and handle the two rare reptile species, sand lizard and smooth snake and is an active member of Surrey Amphibian and Reptile Group (SARG).

The training is aimed at beginners but sessions will be designed to cater for a range of experience.

The training will include classroom based activities and learning as well as a field element where delegates will undertake their own reptile survey, as the site supports good populations of three native reptile species, grass snake, slow worm and common lizard.

Who Should Attend?

Students, graduates, ecological consultants.

Knowledge Level


Prior Knowledge

No prior knowledge is expected/required.

Ecologist handling slow worm

Learning Outcomes

  • Recognise and name the UK native reptile species and more common non-native reptile species.
  • Describe the main legislation and guidance relating to UK reptiles.
  • Recognise and evaluate suitable reptile habitat.
  • Set up a reptile survey in accordance with relevant guidance.
  • Propose appropriate reptile mitigation and enhancement measures for a range of circumstances and species.

Venue & Refreshments

The London Wetland Centre is a unique man-made nature reserve in the heart of London. Entry to the centre will be included in the ticket price, and attendees will have an opportunity to explore the centre during lunch or after the course. There is free parking available.

Course fees include refreshments provided throughout the day. However lunch is not provided, attendees can bring their own lunch – there are picnic areas around the centre and a café/restaurant serving hot and cold food.



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London Wetland Centre, Queen Elizabeth Walk, London

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