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 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.
Revealing Reptile Project Updates
Revealing Reptiles – A day in the lifeJune 23, 2017
The Effects Of Upland Moorland Management On ReptilesJune 21, 2017
A Year in The Life of a Grass SnakeJune 9, 2017
Reptiles & How To Tell One From Another.May 25, 2017
Photographing reptiles without disturbanceMay 23, 2017
Reptiles aren’t slimyMay 22, 2017
Reptiles in Song Titles & LyricsMay 15, 2017
Myths, Legends and Folklore Surrounding ReptilesApril 28, 2017
Upcoming Revealing Reptile Events
Revealing Reptile Information Pages
(information pages on each of our native reptiles coming soon)