Reptiles: Ecology, Surveys & Mitigation

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This one day training course, delivered by Demian Lyle, will cover the following key areas:

- Identification of the six native UK reptile species and more common non-native reptile species
- The ecology, including habitat requirements of reptiles in the UK
- The legislation and guidance documents pertaining to reptiles in England and Wales
- Designing and undertaking an appropriate reptile survey
- Mitigation and enhancement measures.

Demian is the reptile species lead at The Ecology Consultancy and the reptile technical lead for HS2 Phase 2B Lot 1. He has worked in ecological consultancy, specialising in reptiles, since 2009. He holds a Natural England licence to survey and handle the two rare reptile species, sand lizard and smooth snake and is an active member of Surrey Amphibian and Reptile Group (SARG).

The training is aimed at beginners but sessions will be designed to cater for a range of experience.

The training will include classroom based activities and learning as well as a field element where delegates will undertake their own reptile survey as the site supports good populations of three native reptile species, grass snake, slow worm and common lizard

Who Should Attend?

Students, graduates, ecological consultants.

Knowledge Level


Prior Knowledge

No prior knowledge is necessary.

Learning Outcomes

  • Recognise and name the UK native reptile species and more common non-native reptile species.
  • Describe the main legislation and guidance relating to UK reptiles.
  • Recognise and evaluate suitable reptile habitat.
  • Set up a reptile survey in accordance with relevant guidance.
  • Propose appropriate reptile mitigation and enhancement measures for a range of circumstances and species.


Refreshments will be provided throughout the day. Please bring your own packed lunch (there are picnic areas around the site if the weather is favourable) or alternatively there is a cafe on site.


Tickets Person(s) Price
Member Ticket 1 £120.00
Non Member Ticket 1 £180.00