Conservation, Heathland, Reptiles, Wildlife

Feeding little Sand Lizard hatchlings!

The UK has six native species of reptiles, two of which are extremely rare – the Smooth snake and the Sand lizard. These heathland inhabitants have had homes increasingly restricted and fragmented, resulting in their strict protection under UK and European Law. So when Avon Heath set up their Sand Lizard nursery, I jumped at the opportunity to see the hatchlings up close…

Following decades of afforestation, development and agricultural changes, this captive breeding programme has reintroduced populations across the country from Kent to Cornwall, and all the way up in Wales! I wonder where these little ones will end up?

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