Established in 2014, RammSanderson provides a comprehensive reptile survey service in accordance with Schedule 5 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended). 

To obtain planning permission for developments, in some circumstances, an ecology reptile survey may be required.

Where surveys identify the presence of these species, we have experience in implementing site-specific mitigation which may involve the translocation of the population to a pre-prepared receptor site or the careful supervision of works under an agreed method of works.


Reptile Survey Methods

Our reptile survey methodology varies from species to species. The most common reptiles found in the UK include:

  • Slow worm (Anguis Fragilis)
  • Grass snake (Natrix Natrix)
  • Adder (Vipera Berus)
  • Common lizard (Zootoca Vivipara)

All 4 reptiles are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981.

The Sand Lizard (Lacerta Agilis) and Smooth Snake (Coronella Austriaca) are very rare in comparison to the above-mentioned reptiles. They are protected under the European Directive and Habitats Regulations 2017 which limits the ability to disturb them or their habitat.   

To avoid potential prosecution, it is therefore necessary to conduct a reptile survey to assess the status of reptiles on any development site.


Reptile Survey Experts

Our expert team are fully accredited members of the Charted Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM) which showcases our commitment to upholding the highest standards in ecological and environmental practices.

Our reptile surveys are conducted by our experienced team who have the knowledge, skills, and practical experience to identify, assess, and conserve reptile species and their natural habitat.

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Why Choose RammSanderson for a Comprehensive Reptile Survey?

At RammSanderson, we understand the importance of protecting local wildlife and endangered species whilst ensuring that development projects are not delayed. We also understand the implications and potential consequences of not undertaking surveys and the impact this can have on development outcomes. 

We are committed to safeguarding European Protected Species and as such our comprehensive reptile survey adheres to both UK and European legislation, guidelines, and standards.  

With over 20 years of experience, our licenced ecological experts will work closely with you to ensure you receive a comprehensive reptile survey, including information about species identification, population density, habitat assessment, survey methodology, disruption maps, recommendations, mitigation, legal compliance, and limitations.    

Reptile survey

RammSanderson has a team of experienced consultants ready to carry out Reptile Surveys. Get in touch today!