Amphibians & Reptiles

Reptiles are creatures of the woodland edge and ride sides rather than the tree covered areas.

Snakes are not common in mature woodlands in the UK. But newly felled areas or young plantations are warm, sheltered habitats for both snakes and lizards. These spots provide seclusion, sun and scrub.

Common frog

© Forestry Commission

Slow worms and lizards are mainly open ground livers though often common in coniferous forests as are adders.

Grass snakes like wetter areas often round marshes or ponds. Frogs and toads and newts are obviously centred on ponds for all or part of the year.


British Herpertological Society