Jon Cranfield

#24000reptilemove

In Adders, ecosystems, mitigation, Observations, Wildlife on March 16, 2011 at 11:38 pm

I am going to have to reveal what I know about this reptile translocation scheme. The title is the hash tag I have used highlighting the concerns over this project and what it means for conserving reptiles in the UK.

I will be highlighting the concerns of herpetologists on the RAUK Forum and details of what EARG has managed to find out about the project. First I want to highlight people to the guidance which the consultants are claiming to follow:-

English Nature 2004 – Aims of a reptile mitigation strategy

Planning fordevelopment andmitigationPlanning must incorporate two aims where reptiles are present:

1  To protect reptiles from any harm that might arise during the development work;

2  To ensure that sufficient quality,quantity and connectivity of habitatis provided to accommodate thereptile population, either on-site orat an alternative site, with no net loss of local reptile conservation status.

http://naturalengland.etraderstores.com/naturalenglandshop/UserFiles/Files/IN15.1.pdf

The latest standing advice for planning departments by Natural England – published on the web

http://www.naturalengland.org.uk/regions/east_of_england/ourwork/standingadvice/protectedspecies/reptile.aspx

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