Reptile Surveys: Habitat Design

What is Habitat Design for Reptiles?

It is often necessary to create new reptile habitat as part of a development either as part of a Planning Condition to create onsite habitat for a retained population; create new habitat for enhancement; or develop a receptor site for translocation from your construction area.

In these instances, it is necessary to design the habitat carefully to ensure that the population has access to all of the resources it needs. This includes places to bask such as log piles or banks; places to forage such as ponds or species-rich grasslands; and places to hibernate in stable conditions during the winter. The specific requirements vary from species to species and expert knowledge is required to ensure that the habitat creation measures are effective and appropriate.

 

How can LSC help?

The team at LSC has been widely involved in the design of reptile habitats to support developments - including creation of specific habitats for all of the common UK reptile species. Where land is set aside for reptile receptor sites, it is often possible to provide for other species at the same time with minimal additional expenditure - thus providing your development with the opportunity to demonstrate a net gain for biodiversity. This might include provision of suitable breeding habitat for amphibians in a new pond, or the use of a particular wildflower seed mix to ensure inclusion of larval food plants for local priority butterfly species.

We will draw on our extensive experience to design the optimal habitat provision for reptiles, working with the space and constraints particular to your site.

Our habitat designs take into account the Best Practice Guidelines outlined by the JNCC, and our reports comprehensivley provide the information required by our clients to secure Planning Permission.

 An example of an LSC-designed reptile refugia to provide basking opportunities and hibernation sites with wildflower turf grassland overlaid.

An example of an LSC-designed reptile refugia to provide basking opportunities and hibernation sites with wildflower turf grassland overlaid.


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