Lizard Monitoring – 2019


Map Showing Location of 2019 Monitoring  (and plot we monitored in 2016 that we no longer have access to X)


New developers have submitted a planning application to build flats on the west side of the COMM 4 plot.

They want to work with us to monitor the lizards, and assist with their trapping and translocation to a suitable new habitat. We’re finalising plans to work with the developer’s ecologists, and gain access to the plot – the vegetation is currently too dense.

We’ve tentatively pencilled in a training workshop which will be run by Cambridge and Peterborough Amphibian and Reptile Group for 7th April TBC.

More information to come as the plans are set. We hope lots of you will join us to ensure as many of our local lizards can be moved to a new home that will be suitable for them in the longer term.

Photos of the plot

This is the main page with all resources necessary for OP’s 2019 lizard monitoring activities. If you find something else that you think would be useful for everyone, please let me know and I’ll add it or a link 🙂

Thanks to Steven Allain, and Mark Goodman of CPARG and Mario of Cambridge Past, Present, and Future for their invaluable expertise and help in setting up monitoring again in 2019.


Map of Orchard Park Showing Location of Lizard Habitat

OP and map of areas for March activity

Monitoring Resources

Presentation by Steven Allain and Mark Goodman of Cambridge and Peterborough Amphibian and Reptile Group. How to monitor and identify Common Lizards

Map of Refugia (felt to look under for Lizards)

The map will be provided when the felts for 2019 monitoring have been placed.

ID Guide by Amphibian and Reptile Conservation

CPARG Orchard Park Report

Calendar by week, to plan who will monitor and when please note this links to a read only version of the calendar. If you’re signed up to do lizard monitoring, you’ll be provided/will have a link to a version which you can edit for planning purposes.

Submit Records

Record one or more reptiles and amphibians at a single time and location.

Press Coverage from 2016

Cambridge News Newspaper Coverage 15 April

Everyone is Going Loopy for Lizards

Cambridge TV News Coverage 15 April

BBC Radio Cambridgeshire

Reptile Habitat Management Handbook by Paul Edgar, Jim Foster and John Baker


Reptile Habitat Management Handbookclick here

Froglife’s Reptile Survey Booklet

Reptile survey booklet

Gardening for Reptiles and Amphibians

Dragons in Your Garden, by Amphibian and Reptile Conservation

Blog Posts about Orchard Park’s Lizards from 2016

Everyone is Going Loopy for Lizards

Can you spot the Lizards?

Looking for Lizards, Part 2. Calling Existing and Budding Biologists.

Post by Steven Allain on Orchard Park’s Lizards

Common Lizards confirmed at Orchard Park

Photos from Lizard Monitoring Workshop

‘Ere there be lots of (teeny weeny) Dragons: Zootoca vivipara – lots of photos

Post on CPARG Website by Ali North: Lizard Monitoring Begins at Orchard Park

Snaps of Two of Twenty Lizards Spotted on Sunday