2016 has been a great year for reptiles. Our surveys are finding good numbers of slowworms and grass snakes on surveys throughout the south of England.
Reptiles can be difficult to find. Once they have warmed up they will seek refuge before you can spot them, like this grass snake that we found hiding in a crack in the soil.
Grass snakes are the largest reptile in Britain, growing to about one metre long. There preferred habitats are wet grassland, ponds and marshes. It is estimated that there are around 320,000 in Britain.
Standard surveys involve instating artificial refuges around reptile habitats. These refuges are checked at least seven times over the summer and we record any reptiles we find underneath them.