Reptile Surveys and Services

Why do I need a reptile survey?

There are 6 species of reptiles which are native to the UK and all have suffered significant population declines over the last century. In an attempt to halt and reverse this decline, common reptiles are protected from killing and injuring on a UK level, with additional safeguards in place to protect our rarest species - the smooth snake and sand lizard. Where a development proposal may impact upon reptiles, an assessment is likely to be required to support successful Planning Permission.


How can LSC help?

Our team are experienced in undertaking surveys for all common reptile species in the UK, including common lizards, slow worm, adder and grass snake. If commissioned to undertake a Phase 1 and Protected Species Scoping Survey, we would use this opportunity to assess the potential of your site to support reptiles. We take into account a range of factors such as habitats present, their management and condition, the proximity to water and places where reptiles might hibernate, and the location of the site in the landscape.

Where an initial survey indicates reptiles might be present, the next step is to undertake a presence/absence survey to assess whether a population is present. If reptiles are confirmed, we would provide advice and guidance on how to avoid or minimise impacts to these species in the first instance. Where this is not possible, we would help to design and undertake a translocation strategy to protect the population both during construction and in the long term. This allows your project to move forwards whilst ensuring that your contractors stay on the right side of the law.

Find out more about the different survey types below, or contact us for advice on which surveys you would need to support your project.

Habitat Suitability Assessments

The baseline survey to assess whether suitable habitat for reptiles exists on site.

Habitat Creation and Design

Design of replacement or enhancement habitat for common reptile species.

Presence/Absence Surveys

A survey designed to identify which species are present and estimate population size.

Site Supervision

Supervision of works on site to ensure legislative compliance of your project.


Safely moving reptiles from your construction site to a safe receptor site.


Contact our experienced Ecologists for advice regarding reptiles.