Amphibian and Reptile Conservation owns, leases or formally manages over
80 reserves covering more than 1500 ha (3800 acres) and a variety of
different habitats, from coastal dunes to clay pits, woodland to
heathland. We're one of the
UK's leading managers of lowland dry
heathland and work in close co-operation with private landowners and
The majority of practical work on our reserves involves the removal of
trees and scrub, the control of bracken and other invasive plant
species, the creation of basking sites, and heather and gorse management
to provide suitable age classes of vegetation for different aspects of
our unique heathland fauna. This work is mainly carried out by our own
team of specialist conservation field workers, as well as our
ever-growing list of volunteers.
When managing our reserves we try to
take into account the needs of all flora and fauna, not just amphibians
and reptiles, and produce an integrated management plan. Our sites are
carefully monitored for a number of key species.
We own ten sites totalling just over 170 ha.:- Lions Hill, Noon
Hill, Great Ovens Hill, Ham Common, East Worgret, Norden, Corfe Bluff,
Martello Road Cliffs and Purbeck Close in Dorset, and Witley, Hankley
and Hyton marsh in Surrey. The purchase of these sites has been made
possible as a result of generous funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund,
the European Union's LIFE Grant, The British Herpetological
Society, Viridor through the land fill tax credit system, and donations
Today, much of our resources are directed to the
management of our reserves and additional funding is provided by Natural
England's Grant Aid, through the Higher Level Stewardship scheme and the
Reserves Enhancement Scheme.
Other important reserves, such as 'Parley Common, Ferndown Common and Town Common (Bournemouth),
are leased or managed under licence and support different amphibian and
reptile populations, as well as other important species such as water
voles, stoneworts and various birds.
Amphibian and Reptile Conservation is assisted by volunteers who help
with reserve management, wardening and monitoring of the wildlife on our
sites. Without them much of our
work would not be possible.
Find out more:
Weald, Surrey reserves