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Eight Associates and the Chiltern Society: Surveying for reptiles


The Chilterns covers 650 square miles, stretching from Hitchin in north Hertfordshire to Goring-on-Thames in south Oxfordshire, and almost half of the Chilterns is an officially designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Chiltern Society is the only voluntary organisation dedicated to conserving, celebrating and caring for all of the Chilterns’ landscape and Eight Associates is supporting the Society with their aim of helping wildlife to thrive. During the spring months, our expert ecologist will be conducting important conservation work by surveying for reptiles at two of their sites; Brush Hill and Whiteleaf Hill.

Reptiles are protected in the UK; The adder, common lizard, grass snake and slow worm are protected from killing and injuring under Schedule 5 (Section 9) of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended).  We are hoping to find evidence of all these species during the reptile survey window (the best survey months are April, May and September). We’ll report back on the findings.

Read more about the UK’s reptiles.