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Our Stronghold for Nature Reptiles



The Forest is an important area for reptiles because it has all four common species – slow worm, adder, common lizard and grass snake. These animals have all but disappeared in most areas of the country because of changes to agricultural practices and other development such as housing, industry and associated infrastructure.

With this project we monitor and create suitable habitat that is favourable to the reptiles in the Forest.

Watch our film 

'FOREST REPTILES' was produced in 2020 by David Dewsbury, our Reptiles Project Leader. This is an informative and educational video. We recommend to teachers and parents watching this film with children.


What has the project delivered?

The creation of a sustainable network of habitat favourable to reptiles will provide refuge for all four common species into the future.

This film explains how the reptile habitats we have maintained are part of our 'Stronghold for Nature':

How can I get involved?

We need regular volunteers to help survey sites across the Forest to help monitor reptiles such as adder, common lizard, grass snake and slow-worms. Please email our volunteer co-ordinator Deb Cook: or telephone 01594 822073

For more information, click here to view the Amphibian and Reptile Groups of the UK website. 

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