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 various organisations.
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.
The largest remaining area of lowland heath in the London Basin. As a result, it supports rare and endangered species which have evolved as heathland specialists.Read more
As well as being an important site for reptiles, several heathland specialist invertebrate species are found on the site.Read more
A rich mosaic of heathland, acid grassland and secondary woodland, which supports sand lizards, rare heathland birds, and nationally rare invertebrate species.Read more
Canford Cliffs a small reserve in a stunning coastal location, with
the introduced wall lizard being a very prominent species.Read more
Nestled within the Thames Basin Heaths SPA, Chatley Heath is an internationally important area for birds, and provides a haven for our native reptiles, which can also now expand into the newly restored adjacent heathland at Ockham Common.Read more
Part of a landscape network of connected sites managed by organisations including Waverley Council and the National Trust this site supports all six native reptile species after successful reintroductions of sand lizards and smooth snakes.Read more
Clouds Hill, located within the Bovington tank training area has now become the ideal environment for sand lizard breeding.Read more
Corfe Bluff is a small piece of heath hidden away in the beautiful surroundings of the Purbecks.Read more
Corfe Hills East is a small block of heath located to the north Poole with a mix of dry heath and Molinia grassland.Read more
Cranes Moor Bog is a medium sized site, unique amongst ARC’s reserves.Read more