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EUROPE AND OVERSEAS
The “UK Overseas Territories, Crown Dependencies and Sovereign Base Areas” are a number of small, self-governing territories and dependencies around the world, plus two large military training areas on Cyprus, that remain under the jurisdiction of the UK or the British Crown.
Occurring in a wide range of regions and climatic zones, these “territories” include many different habitat types and, between them, support a remarkable wealth of biodiversity that includes a high proportion of endemic species. Fifteen of these territories support a total of 132 indigenous (19 amphibian and 113 reptile).
ARC is a member of the UK Overseas Territories Conservation Forum, a network that brings together Non-Governmental Organisations and institutions involved with furthering conservation of the natural heritage in the Overseas Territories. With the financial support of the Joint Nature Conservation Committee, we have produced a complete species inventory and overview of conservation and research priorities for the herpetofauna in the territories; this involved circulating a draft version of the report (from March 2009) for comment, and we are grateful to those who provided input. This document (dated July 2010) and is available to download below.
Previously, as HCT, we have undertaken work in the Channel Islands and other UK Crown Dependencies. This included work in Jersey: survey, monitoring, habitat management work and providing conservation advice for the agile frog and green lizard; supporting the development of the action plan for the agile frog, making good links with Jersey Zoo; and promoting survey through the National Amphibian and Reptile Survey on Jersey and the Isle of Man. Via The HCT, we also produced a draft Action Plan for the Bermuda Skink Plestiodon longirostris and have attended two UK Overseas Territories Conferences. Amphibian and Reptile Conservation is actively looking to further develop involvement in the Overseas Territories, Crown Dependencies and Sovereign Base Areas.
Amphibians and reptiles of the UK Overseas Territories. >>>
UK Overseas Territories Conservation Forum. >>>
UK Herp Report – July 2010: species inventory and overview of conservation and research priorities >>>