Reptile Monitoring

Hampstead Heath is home to grass snakes (Natrix Natrix), a protected species which is the UK's largest terrestrial reptile. They are often found near lakes and ponds, making Hampstead Heath an ideal habitat with plenty of basking places. However, basking and egg-laying places have reduced in numbers in the UK over recent years, and Heath Hands are aiming to help them.
 
Our volunteers have been monitoring the population of this non-venomous species since 2006. Working with ecologists, we have created refuges to encourage population growth. To monitor the population, we have set up basking places for the snakes, and check them regularly for signs of activity.
 
To get involved in this project click here.