This year has been a bumper year for sand lizard conservation. The Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust (ARC) has managed to introduce/reintroduce sand lizards to seven sites in England and Wales - possibly a record number.
CGO Ecology Ltd always welcomes opportunities to work with new clients and new projects. Our portfolio spans a wide range of sectors and industries already, including housing, schools, road infrastructure, quarrying, sustainable energy, wildlife conservation, training and education.
The current hot weather is making reptiles difficult to spot. In hot weather, reptiles don't need to spend much time basking, and we lose our best chance of seeing them.
One of Dorset's largest heaths was almost completely destroyed by fire yesterday. According to the internet and TV reports, it seems like one of the biggest heath fires ever. Estimates in the afternoon said it was 100 hectares and spreading fast, with 20 appliances and 200 firefighters.
As we enter the month of June - the beginning of summer in climatic terms - we can look back on a spring that has been the warmest and driest for many years. Reptiles in the UK have undoubtedly benefited from this warm weather, which has set them a few steps ahead in the annual cycles, in terms of breeding, lifestage, and phenology.
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Numbers of Britain’s rarest lizard, the sand lizard, are increasing in parts of southern England - possibly due to climate change.
Planned road upgrade works for the A338 Bournemouth Spur Road led to a huge operation in 2010 to rescue thousands of reptiles from the verges that would be temporarily destroyed. Dorset County Council employed CGO Ecology to carry out the work. The reptiles were moved to several sites that had ideal habitat, but were unoccupied or had very low densities of the target species. Ongoing monitoring efforts have already shown that the translocated (re-homed) reptiles are doing well.