Reptiles re-homed

Reptiles re-homed

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

This year we have found large numbers of common lizards indicating that the project has been very successful, and that the lizards have settled well and survived the winter……….

In 2009 and 2010 we were involved in the development of the Haberdashers’ Aske’s Academy in Crayford.

This involved trapping and removing common lizards to a new site specially adapted for them. A suitable receptor site was identified within a nearby public open space and the habitat was enhanced by strimming and the creation of sites for shelter, to enable the site to support the numbers of animals released. The creation of artificial hibernacula, log piles and artificial basking areas was carried out to enhance this area for reptiles.

Alex Woodcraft reports: “This year we have been monitoring the new site to see how the lizards are getting on in their new home.  Initial findings indicate that the translocation project has been a great success. A survey of the receptor site, before we began the translocation, revealed only a small population of slow worms.

This year we have found large numbers of common lizards indicating that the project has been very successful, and that the lizards have settled well and survived the winter. Even better news is the presence of baby lizards indicating that they are breeding successfully. With the habitat enhancements and continued suitable management at the receptor site they are sure to prosper even further”.

See a video report on the project here

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