What we do
Reptile surveys may be required for sites that support suitable habitat, such as rough grassland, tall ruderal vegetation and brash/rubble piles. Middlemarch Environmental are able to carry out surveys for all species of reptile throughout the UK.
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The aim of a reptile survey is to establish the presence or likely absence of reptile species on site. This is generally achieved through the installation of a series or artificial survey refugia (squares of roofing felt or corrugated tin), which are then subject to a minimum of seven inspections in suitable weather conditions. Any natural refugia that may already be present on site, e.g. urban debris, will also be inspected where safe to do so.
Reptile Mitigation & Licensing
Middlemarch Environmental Ltd have extensive experience in designing an implementing method statements and mitigation strategies to ensure that reptile populations are protected and that no breaches of legislation occur. The type of mitigation implemented for reptiles varies according the characteristics of each site, but often includes techniques such as supervised habitat manipulation, trapping and translocation.
Should either sand lizards or smooth snakes be present (both species have a very limited distribution in the UK), then a licence will be required from the relevant Statutory National Government Organisation.
In addition to reptile surveys, Middlemarch Environmental have extensive experience of providing cost-effective ecological solutions for all aspects of reptile assessment and mitigation and can also provide the following services:
- Method statements
- Ecological clerk of works
- Installation of reptile exclusion fencing
- Reptile trapping and translocation works
- Habitat creation and enhancement