Where a site proposed for development supports habitat suitable for reptiles, it will often be necessary to undertake specific surveys for these species. These can be carried out from late April to mid June and throughout September and usually involve laying artificial refugia at suitable locations across the site in order to provide specific points where reptiles may congregate and thus be more detectable.
All reptile species are protected from deliberate killing or injury under Section 9 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended).
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This is a good time to carry out nut searches for signs of dormice. Late September is also the end of the reptile season and bat survey seasons. We start compiling the majority of European Protected Species licence (EPSL) applications from this time onwards.
Please refer to our survey timetable for further information on surveys that can be undertaken this season.
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