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.
Woolsbridge Heath is an extensive area of varying habitats in which all six
native reptiles can be located.Read more
A beautiful reserve looking out across Poole Harbour and over to the Arne
Dry sandy heathland site home to all six native reptilesRead more
A large area of heathland, a great place to visit to get some excellent views of
the area and see some rare wildlife too.Read more
South West Hyde’s dry heath and sandy soils make it perfect for a thriving
sand lizard population.Read more
Parley Common is a large piece of heath of historical firsts a great place to visit
see some true wildlife rarities.Read more
Norden is a beautiful and secluded site hidden away in Purbeck.Read more
An interesting and secluded reserve, a great place to visit to see some of the
history of the Purbeck area.Read more
Matchams House slope is a small reserve but an excellent spot to see the rare
sand lizard.Read more
A small reserve dedicated to the conservation of the great crested newt.Read more