The resources provided below are intended for anyone who has undertaken Snakes in the Heather (SitH) training course and/or Group Reptile Survey, especially for new and existing ARC/SitH Reptile Surveyors. Click on the links below to open the presentations given in the course (not downloadable). Links to further resources are also provided. 

1. Introduction

  • Amphibian & Reptile Conservation
  • Snakes in the Heather - an overview
  • Why 'reptile survey'?
  • Smooth snakes and heathlands

2. Reptile Identification

  • Slow-worm
  • Common lizard
  • Sand lizard
  • Grass snake
  • Adder
  • Smooth snake
  • Non-natives

3. Reptile Ecology

  • Thermoregulation
  • Feeding
  • Reproduction
  • Hibernation
  • Habitat

4. Reptile Surveys

  • How, when and where to survey
  • Hibernation surveys
  • Sand lizard surveys
  • Survey design
  • Survey record collection
  • ARC Survey Hub

5. Health & Safety

  • Protected species licencing
  • Risk assessments
  • Artificial Cover Objects (ACOs)
  • Handling reptiles
  • Photography
  • Ticks and Lymes disease
  • Grazing animals
  • Sensitive species considerations

6. Additional information and next steps

  • Additional resources
  • Record Pool: www.
  • ARC Garden Dragon Watch: 
  • ARC Reptile Genebank
  • ARC National Reptile Survey
  • SitH Reptile Surveyor Journey and next steps


Further resources:

ARC Bitesize Herpetology Courses

ARC Field Studies Council (FSC) Courses

ARC Species Identification Guides

ARC Habitat Management Handbooks

Snakes in the Heather webpage

ARC Volunteer & Stakeholder Registration Form

ARC events and activities webpage

ARC help and advice resources


The Snakes in the Heather Team

Email: [email protected]