Herptiles (amphibians and reptiles)

We have recorded all ten of the UK’s priority species of amphibian and reptile in Sussex.

Sand Lizards

Photo: Hugh Clark/Sussex Wildlife Trust

Biodiversity Action Plan amphibian and reptile species recorded in Sussex

This includes…

Common Toad is found throughout much of Europe and in Sussex is widespread but declining. They are found in a variety of habitats including scrub and rough grassland, and during spring travel to ponds to breed following hibernation. Toads follow the same route to their breeding pond each year, which can make populations vulnerable to disturbance and development such as new roads.

Great Crested Newt is the largest of our three native British newts. A significant proportion of their global population is found in the UK, including a number of sites in Sussex of which Ashdown Forest and Dungeness are particularly important. The newts are reliant on having access not just to clusters of ponds but also good quality terrestrial habitat such as long grass and hedgerows.

Slow-worm is a legless lizard found throughout much of Europe. In the UK it is most common in the south and east of England where it is found in a range of open habitats. Slow-worms are often seen in gardens where they use log piles or compost heaps to obtain heat rather than basking in the sun. Eggs are incubated internally by the female with young born in late summer surrounded only by a membrane.

Photo: Philip Precey

More information about amphibians and reptiles

Amphibian and Reptile Conservation
British Herpetological Society
Sussex Amphibian and Reptile Group