The Ecology Partnership has completed a reptile surveys and reptile translocation at a site in Kent. The green field site, which is to be developed for housing, had a population of common lizards (Zootoca vivpara) and grass snake (Natrix natrix) within its grassland, both of which receive protection under UK law from the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 (as amended). The Ecology Partnership fenced off the site, with reptile exclusion fencing and has been trapping the site for reptiles throughout the summer. Reptile trapping is relatively simple in principle. Squares of bitumen roofing felt are laid throughout the site and left to bed in. The felts warm up in the sun and attract the cold-blooded reptiles to bask, to warm themselves up before foraging. The rest is up to the ecologist to catch the lizards and grass snakes, which can be tricky. Once caught, the reptiles were safely moved to a receptor site on adjacent land, which has been designed to sustain the population post development and incorporates habitat for these creatures within the scheme. Now the site is cleared of reptiles a sensitive soil strip under ecological watching brief is underway, after which development can begin.