Reptile Survey Volunteer

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Photo by Jason Steel

Take part in this survey to help us understand how landscape scale conservation is restoring connections in the landscape for reptiles and other wildlife.

Position details

Duration

-

Commitment

Any Day

Frequency

Weekly

Contact details

For enquiries about Nature's Sure Connected and how to volunteer email Volunteering

If you have any other enquiries about how you can get involved with the reptile monitoring or would like information about the other Nature's Sure Connected opportunities contact Alana Skilbeck via email alana.skilbeck@kentwildlife.org.uk 

Why is this important?

The natural world isn’t just something for us to enjoy; it sustains us. Our ecosystems and their component species also underpin many of the economic and social benefits that enrich people’s lives. The fragmentation of landscapes and isolation of habitat patches put our very survival and prosperity under threat, which is why we work to reconnect these broken links. Through consultation conducted by Kent Wildlife Trust as part of Nature’s Sure Connected, the conservation community have helped us prioritise four key questions that will help us understand whether landscape-scale conservation is working across Kent and beyond. One of these questions is about connectivity - is the landscape joined-up well enough for wildlife to move from one place to another?

Reptiles can only move through the landscape when suitable connections exist, and this means that monitoring them can help us determine if the work we do is joining up habitats again. Sadly, reptiles are under threat in Kent, from development, persecution and loss of habitat. Without connected habitat species like the adder can’t disperse and colonize new areas, placing them at further risk. This is very worrying, not only for reptiles but also because of what this tells us about the broken links in our environment and the consequences for the natural environment. As part of this project Kent Wildlife Trust and Kent Reptile and Amphibian Group are working together to see whether connectivity is improving.

A total of 11 sites were surveyed for adders in 2019. Sadly no sightings of adder were recorded nonetheless this result was anticipated, based on the slow dispersal rate of this species. The survey has established baseline absence data for these sites, providing the baseline for future surveys. 

Longfield Chalk Bank

Greg Hitchcock

How can I help?

By looking for reptiles, and searching near to where we know they already are, you can help us understand if reptiles are able to move from one patch to another. Each survey will take approximately one hour and can be done at your own leisure during suitable weather conditions for reptiles. We will be providing training dates to help with both conducting the surveys as well as identification skills for the four reptile species that can be found in Kent.

 

Adder, photo by Selwyn Dennis

Adder, photo by Selwyn Dennis

Reptile identification and survey training

To support you in developing the skills you will need to take part in this survey, please try to attend one of our training sessions. These training sessions are provided for registered Natures Sure Connected volunteers and will be running in 2020. 

Dates TBC

For more information about these dates or to book a place please email alana.skilbeck@kentwildlife.org.uk

Take part in this survey

To volunteer for this survey you just need to follow the three simple steps below:

1. Register your interest by emailing alana.skilbeck@kentwildlife.org.uk
2. Sign up for your survey site (these will be sent via email in the form of an online sign up sheet)
3. Attend a training session