Robert Pennington

Reptile Ecology and Survey Techniques

Location: Tyland Barn, Sandling, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 3BD
Identify and learn about reptile requirements. Then search for them in a nearby nature reserve.

Event details

Meeting point

Training Room at Tyland Barn


10:30am - 4:00pm
A static map of Reptile Ecology and Survey Techniques

About the event

This study day begins with a session in the classroom at Tyland Barn covering reptile ecology and identification followed by a look at some of the habitat requirements of reptiles and survey techniques.

In the afternoon there will be a site visit to Vinters Valley Nature Reserve to undertake a survey for reptiles and habitat assessment, as well as an opportunity see how site management can be modified to create a habitat suitable for reptiles (& other species). A great way to put lessons learnt in the morning into practice.

By the end of the session participants will be able to:

  • Name all four native reptiles found in Kent
  • Identify all four species native to Kent
  • Name the key components of good reptile habitat
  • Understand two methods for surveying for reptiles

Suitable for beginners and those wishing to improve their identification and survey skills.

Led by Steve Songhurst and Gail Austen, Kent Reptile and Amphibian Group (KRAG)

Please note that toilets are available at Tyland Barn. Vinters Valley Nature Reserve is located approximately 10 minutes drive away from Tyland Barn. The reserve has on road parking (Cul de sac) and toilet facilities.


Phone number

01622 662012


Standard fee: £35 per person per day.
Concessionary fee: Kent Wildlife Trust volunteers, senior citizens, unemployed and students £5 off.

Additional booking information

Please note the presence of reptiles does vary according to weather conditions although May usually provides good opportunities for sightings of reptile species.

Suitable for

Adults, Beginners

Know before you go


Guide dogs only


Both the morning and afternoon sessions are suitable for all.

Wheelchair access

All the public areas at Tyland Barn have wheelchair access.

What to bring

Packed lunch, clothing suitable for the season and sturdy shoes or walking boots.

Parking information

There is free parking available.


Picnic area
Disabled toilet
Baby changing facilities

Contact us

Jill Evington
Contact number: 01622 662012