Reptile Survey

Common Lizards, Slow Worms, Grass Snakes - all reptiles found in the Nottingham area.

We are appealing for sightings of all these creatures to find out more about where they are and help us in our conservation efforts as they are all rare in the area and our knowledge is really limited.

common lizard image © Amy Lewis

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Do you know your LIZARDS from your NEWTS? 
We are very lucky to have common lizards, slow worms and grass snakes in the nottingham area,  but sightings are very rare, and we are keen to know more about where these animals are found.  We would be particularly keen to get photos of the creatures and a description of exactly where they are found. 
Records will be displayed on this page, and also forwarded to our county recorders.

We are aware of Common Lizard sightings in the Bulwell area - but we NEED MORE INFORMATION! If you are from this area, keep your eyes peeled and send us any sightings - any from the last few years to now are fine.

We would love a photo if you can get one! Plus please provide a detailed description of where it was seen, a grid reference if possible!

The common lizard is an elusive creature.
Common lizards can be found in a variety of colours, ranging from brown or yellow-brown to almost green, with a pattern of darker spots, flecks or stripes. On the whole males tend to have an orange belly flecked with black spots, while females usually have a plain yellowish belly. In contrast to this the very young are nearly entirely black.
The best time to see common lizards is between mid-March and the end of September.  They can easily be confused with smooth newts, which are far more common in the Nottingham area (and also spend most of their live on ground, not in ponds as often thought).

Up to 14cm long, orange bellies flecked with black spots. In females, this can form a stripe down the centre of the back.  Lizards have scales that make them look rough and bumpy.  Their legs are relatively short and stocky. 
For more information, see our common lizard factsheet!

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1 grass snake

grass snake seen by Jack Perks on Fairham Brook on 2nd August 2012

Image © Amy Lewis

common lizard

common lizard

common lizard seen in the bushes by Kyra (aged 4) and her mum Natalie on 5th July 2012.

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2 common lizards

common lizards are frequently seen by Heather Smith in this area

1 common lizard

1 common lizard

basking female lizard spotted by Ben Driver on 3rd August 2012.

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Common lizard

2 lizards seen by Marion Matthews during summer 2011 and July 2012.

common lizard

common lizard

lizard seen by Trevor Perry on Bulwell Forest Golf Course on 30th September 2012

Image copyright Amy Lewis



sparrowhawk seen by L Barnes near the Train Station on 5th November 2012

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