Reptile Survey at Lepe

Published: 02 June 2021

Reptile Surveying at Lepe Country Park Steve Dudley
John Etherington and I have worked with the Lepe Country Park rangers to put a Reptile and Amphibian survey in place at Lepe, which is now in its fourth year. The most commonly seen reptiles at Lepe, have been slow worms, adders, grass snakes, frogs, toads, newts, and lizards.
Reptiles, especially snakes, are extremely sensitive to sounds and disturbance, so the basking points and tins have been specifically placed at Lepe to create a safe, warm, dry place for snakes to bask and warm in the heat of the day. This year the tins and walks have been re-defined and lizard basking points have been created using old logs.
The surveying for reptiles at Lepe commences in March and continues until end of October.
To minimise animal disruption the surveys, take place every two weeks by trained volunteers.
Snakes, usually know that you are approaching long before you see them, but if they are startled this is when they are more likely to bite. If you are in areas where you see the Reptile/Snake notices please can you walk slowly and quietly.
We ask that you do not lift the tins whilst out in the park as there could be snakes warming under the metal which could result in you getting hurt by disturbing them.
In the meadows and long grass there are grass snakes and more importantly Adders so please do be aware as you, your children and dogs move through these areas. Although rare an Adders bite is very dangerous and can be life threatening for dogs and small children. We would strongly recommend that these areas are avoided.
We also ask that no tins are removed, thrown into the hedges or disturbed. This has occurred during the last couple of weeks, it is very damaging to the reptile habitat as often the tins are used as homes for some of the reptiles at Lepe.
If you are interested in joining one of our reptile surveys, please contact Lepe Country Park at lepe.enquiries@hants.gov.uk.