Sand Lizard

Sand Lizard

The sand lizard Lacerta agilis is one of Britain’s rarest reptiles having disappeared from much of its range because of habitat loss and fragmentation. The species occurs on a limited number of heathlands in Dorset, Hampshire and Surrey, and coastal dune systems in north and west Wales, Merseyside, Kent, West Sussex, Devon and Cornwall. Even within these sites, availability of suitable habitat can be limited because of the species’ need for sunny locations with a combination of good vegetation structure and open sand. For 25 years we have bred and released sand lizards to help re-establish populations across the South of England, and contributed to the knowledge of the species’ biology.