ARC are proud to announce the start of a brand new volunteer based project for 2015 entitled ‘The New Forest Smooth Snake Survey’ (NF-SSS…). The aim of the project is to further our knowledge of smooth snake distributions in the New Forest National Park by carrying out surveys for the species.

The smooth snake is Britain's rarest reptile, now only found naturally on the lowland heathlands of Dorset, Hampshire and Surrey. It is a very secretive creature, choosing to bask within heather vegetation and burrowing out of sight. For this reason its ecology, behaviour and distribution has been difficult to study in the past.

The New Forest is well known as a national stronghold for reptiles; it is the largest unspoilt tract of lowland heathland in the UK and home to many specialist heathland species including the smooth snake. 

Many key stakeholders are involved in the NF-SSS…project, including land owners, land managers, conservation organisations, volunteer groups and interested individuals. In building close relationships and collaboration with all stakeholders the project will help to support and inform the conservation of reptile species in the New Forest National Park.

Ben Limburn has been appointed as the NF-SSS… Project Officer. Please contact Ben if you would like to find out more about the ‘New Forest Smooth Snake Survey’.

t: 01202 391 319 (ARC office)
t: 01202 727 989 (direct)

The NF-SSS... has been created by the New Forest Amphibian and Reptile Monitoring and Survey Partnership (NF-ARMS) - a steering group of representitives involved in the conservation and land management of the New Forest National Park and its unique species.

The project has received a generous award of funding from the New Forest National Park Authority (NPA) - Sustainable Communities Fund and Forestry Commission.

Our partner websites...

New Forest National Park Authority
Forestry Commission
Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust
National Trust
Natural England
Amphibian & Reptile Groups UK
Living Record