Snakes in the Heather (SitH) 'Group Surveys' are an opportunity for new and existing project Reptile Surveyors to gain further training and experience in reptile survey field-craft skills from a member of the ARC Team and/or partner organisation staff. Attendees may also include potential new recruits who wish to find out more about becoming a Reptile Surveyor. Event details as follows...

Location: Canford Heath, Dorset

Date: Saturday 1st October 2022

Start time: 09:30

End time: 13:00

Meeting point address: End of Francis Avenue, Poole, Dorset, BH11 8TF

Meeting point Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/McRxfUfRDzYty6sf9

Parking: On street parking: please park considerately and do not block driveway or gate access. Meet at gate entrance to golf club.

COVID-19: ARC events are COVID-Secure - undertaking working practices to reduce the risk of spreading the infection; please remember to social distance and maintain hand hygiene (sorry, no hand shaking on meeting/departing please). You are welcome to wear a face mask. Please do not attend this event if you feel unwell or if you have symptoms of COVID-19, or have tested positive for COVID-19 on a lateral flow test.

Public toilets: Please note that there are no public toilets at this site (nearest are at Tesco Extra supermarket, 5 minute drive - or other nearby stores)

Likely walking distance: 3.5 km (2 miles)

Target species: Adder, smooth snake, sand lizard, wasp spider.

What to bring: 

  • Stout footwear and trousers suitable for walking in thick heathland vegetation (heather/gorse) and on uneven ground; clothes appropriate for the weather conditions; sun cream; water/food.
  • Training and survey resources will be provided.

Leader & mobile: Ben Limburn (SitH Project Officer), 07387 261080

Additional info: Places may be prioritised for new recruits, and due to the sensitivity of the site the number of places are limited. Please only book if you are sure you can attend. If you are not registered as an ARC or SitH project volunteer, please email [email protected] before booking. Events may be cancelled within 24 hours notice (e.g. if weather conditions are poor). You will receive updates by email (or phone/text if necessary). The event is not suitable for amateur or professional photographers wishing to take photos of native reptile species.

This Group Reptile Survey is an essential next step for anybody wishing to become a SitH Reptile Surveyor, having previously attended a online or classroom ARC/SitH Reptile Survey Training Event. Due to the strict legal protection of some species you may see on this project, all SitH project Reptile Surveyors must be appropriately licenced to survey. ARC is able to accredit surveyors who have an appropriate level of knowledge and field skills to its organisational protected species survey licence. See the SitH Reptile Surveyor Journey for details.

Cancellation: If you can no longer attend this event or have any questions, please let us know as soon as possible by emailing [email protected]


We look forward to seeing you there! 

Best wishes,
The Snakes in the Heather Team

Snakes in the Heather

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