PBA Applied Ecology
PBA Applied Ecology


Our team of specialists have extensive experience in all aspects of protected reptile works, from survey to mitigation and translocations. Initial surveys are often necessary to determine the likelihood that reptiles are at your site, and engaging PBA at an early phase of works ensures that your project can proceed to schedule and on budget. Reptiles spend the greatest amount of time basking from March to June, and during September. These periods of high levels of basking activity make these five months the optimal time to complete refuge surveys and translocations. 

Services we offer

PBA have the capability to undertake surveys for all British reptile species, and can provide a range of creative mitigation solutions when development conflicts arise, including:

  • Phase 1 habitat suitability assessment surveys - year round

  • Phase 2 artificial refuge and population assessment surveys - optimal survey period March-June, and September

  • Design and delivery of Reptile Exclusion Plans

  • Design and delivery of Reptile Translocation Plans

  • Reptile Mitigation Plans

  • Habitat Enhancement Plans

Legislation protecting British reptiles

All native British reptiles are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended). As such, it is a criminal offence to intentionally or recklessly kill or injure any reptile. Both sand lizard and smooth snake have additional protection under British and European law, which prohibit disturbance, and damage or destruction of their habitat.

Does my project have the potential to impact reptiles?

Your project has the potential to impact reptiles if development or works is likely to disturb areas of scrub and scree along open vegetation zones. Generally the potential for reptiles to be present on a project site is identified during a Preliminary Ecological Appraisal (PEA) and this should guide your approach. Often it is necessary to first undertake a Phase 1 habitat suitability assessment to identify the likelihood of the presence of reptiles on your site. The findings of this initial assessment can then be used to guide ongoing reptile survey and mitigation delivery.

If you have any queries regarding the services your project may require, please contact our Terrestrial team specialists.