Ireland has one native reptile, the common lizard. The common lizard is protected in Ireland under:
- The Wildlife Act 1976.
- Wildlife Amendment Act, 2000.
Slow worms have also been recorded in Ireland but are not considered to be a native species and are classed as a ‘recent’ introduction.
When do I need to get in touch?
Common lizards are present throughout Ireland in a range of both urban and rural habitats. The potential for a project to affect reptiles is usually identified within a Preliminary Ecological Appraisal.
As reptiles can be present on a range of sites, it is important to establish whether surveys to identify the presence or absence of reptiles should be considered. EcoÉireann can advise you on whether reptile surveys are required prior to commencement of your project.
To prevent delays, it is important to get in touch as early as possible as reptile surveys are highly seasonal.
How can EcoÉireann help me?
EcoÉireann can advise you on reptile legislation, and mitigation measures where applicable. Our ecologists are experienced in undertaking all types of reptile survey, licensing and mitigation. We apply best practice guidelines, along with our in-depth knowledge of reptilian species and habitat requirements, to carry out an assessment. We then present survey results and recommendations in a detailed report to inform and support your project’s planning application or other consenting process.
Reptile surveys are undertaken between April and September but optimal months are April, May and September. Seven separate site visits are required to determine the presence / absence of reptile species. Should a population of reptiles be recorded within these seven visits, up to 20 visits may be required to undertake a ‘population class estimate’ of reptilian species present across the site.