The patchwork of Lowland Heathland sites across the Wealden Greensand Ridge and the South Downs National Park are a stronghold for all six of the UK’s native reptiles along with a host of other rare heathland specialist species like Nightjar, Silver-Studded Blue Butterfly and Dartford Warbler. The warm, sunny conditions resulting from free draining, nutrient-poor sandy soils and open aspect create the perfect environment for reptiles to thrive in.

The Heathlands Reunited project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, brings together a range of 11 conservation organisations including the Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust to enhance and connect this vitally important habitat, ensuring a future for the reptiles and other iconic species that depend on Heathlands to survive.

Learn more about the wonderful heathland wildlife that we are striving to conserve in this beautiful mini-documentary (featuring some stunning sand lizard footage from an ARC managed site)



ARC works to deliver practical habitat improvements, management advice and educational events across the project area alongside the other partner organisations.

The project will run across 5 years (2016-2021) and covers 41 sites across the South Downs National Park.


Find out more here