Natural England is really pleased to have helped make the A338 road re-construction in Dorset a success. It has been an innovative, cost effective way of working with rare and protected reptiles, avoiding the need for costly fencing and delays, and resulting in many more, far reaching benefits for reptile populations and their special heathland habitat. The close collaboration between Natural England, Dorset County Council, CGO Ecology and Hansons has produced a new method of working which we are already using in other development projects; facilitating development while delivering better results for protected species and their habitats.