Reptile Habitat Recognition. This presentation should give a beginner enough knowledge of what constitutes good reptile habitat to carry out a reptile survey on their own.
This presentation should give a beginner enough knowledge of what constitutes good reptile habitat to carry out a reptile survey on their own.
The aim is to impart an understanding of reptile habitat needs, and how to recognise good/promising reptile habitat in the field.
Lowland heathland - ideal for all reptiles
Moorland – note mosaic structure
Moorland with gorse scrub
Molinia tussocks on heathland/moorland
Heathland/moorland bog – especially in summer
Grassy brambly bank (south-facing)
Rough grassy bank (south-facing)
Woodland glade/forest ride
Roadside verges – serve as important corridors
Railways – good (but not possible to survey)
…check land adjoining
Field margins/hedgerows – good corridors
Boundary bank – corridor + shelter/varied aspects
Set-aside field margin – good if kept this way?
Vegetated coastal cliffs
Coastal sand dunes – topography & veg structure
Bramble thicket (edges and cover)
Rank grass and brambles
Edge of gorse scrub
Vegetated rocky slopes
Riparian grass/scrub – especially grass snakes
Brash piles/cuttings – basking/protection
Manure heaps – good for grass snake egg-laying
Log piles – good basking spots/protection
‘Lush’ grass – ideal for slow-worms
Allotments – good (if some plots left overgrown)
Brownfield sites or “open mosaic” habitat
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