Revealing Reptiles



There are four native reptile species in the North-East; adder, grass snake, slow worm and common lizard. Information on local populations is scarce, many people have never seen a reptile in the wild or know that these reptiles are found in our region. This lack of awareness is a barrier to conservation.

On a national level, native reptiles are in decline due to changes in land use, habitat loss and fragmentation, a situation which is exacerbated by climate change.

Revealing Reptiles aims to increase knowledge about reptile populations in the North-East through a structured survey programme as well as encouraging greater interest in reptiles and their conservation, through active participation in reptile surveys and conservation projects. Information gathered will help to influence future habitat management at key locations, safeguarding the future of reptile populations across the region.

If you would like to get involved in the Revealing Reptiles project then please get in touch with the Project Officer (details below).

Revealing Reptiles Project Officer


John Grundy

John has spent more than thirty years honing his skills as a spotter of our region’s elusive and well-camouflaged reptiles. He can often be found wandering the moors of Durham looking for signs of life in the undergrowth. As the Revealing Reptiles Project Officer John frequently delivers reptile survey training to groups and individuals.