Well, it’s not uncommon especially if you are demolishing a building, breaking ground or your development is close to a forest or heathland.
All UK reptile species are protected by law. Six native species of reptile can be found in Britain. Reptile species including the common lizard, grass snake, slow worm, and adders are commonly found, whereby, Smooth snakes and sand lizards are found mainly along the Dorset & Hampshire coasts.
If a habitat shows potential for reptiles on a development site, our fully licensed ecology consultants will be able to advise on the best survey solutions.
At this point, we’d like to give you some good news. Reptiles almost never stop your development.
But what is the reptile survey and mitigation process? Firstly, the need for reptile surveys will generally be identified at the time of a Preliminary Ecological Appraisal also know as a Habitat Walkover or Phase 1 Survey.
If the potential for reptiles is shown, then the presence of reptile surveys may need to be completed. These reptile surveys need to show whether any reptile species are present in the area, what populations are like, and how they use the site.
If protected species are detected, then a mitigation plan is designed to show how you’ll avoid, reduce, or manage any negative effects on them. Working with your ecologist you need to decide which methods are right for the project you’re working on.
A mitigation licence from Natural England is required. Once received the moving of reptiles to a new home can then take place.