Reptiles & amphibians Their habitats Sustainable Drainage Schemes (SuDS) SuDS are created on development to manage water in a more environmentally sensitive way than traditional drainage schemes. Techniques include creation of swales (seasonally wet ditches) and ponds. Some of these methods create habitats of value for amphibians and reptiles. Recent research has confirmed that SuDS schemes can make a difference locally, helping to create connectivity in the built landscape that might otherwise be hostile to amphibians and reptiles. Importantly, traditional drainage methods often create barriers and traps in the built landscape. Roadside kerbs and gullypots (drains) are a particular problem for amphibians, and a SuDS approach avoids these hazards. SuDS may also create a more amenable hydrological regime – i.e. water levels and quality may be better than under traditional drainage methods. However, there can be problems when managing SuDS schemes after their installation, and recent discussions have aimed to remedy these issues. ARC has worked with specialists to promote SuDS, for example when organising the Amphibians and Urban Drainage Conference in Perth in November 2015. We aim to produce further guidance on SuDS and amphibians in due course.