During the summer I started to explore our local “sandy” heathland. Many of the heathland areas were built on in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s, but now the ones that are left have special protection and are classed as SSSI (Sites of Special Scientific Interest). My local heath is a breeding ground for many birds including Nightjars, Dartford Warblers and Stonechats, but on this particular day I was looking for lizards, especially the rare Sand Lizard.
Sand Lizards can grow to anything between 15-20cm long, with females usually bigger than the males. They are now an endangered species in Britain, due to the loss of habitat from development…. They are secretive little creatures, and I must admit I wasn’t expecting to see one on my first visit to the heath with my camera. Looking back I think I was very lucky to see this one sunning itself on the side of a pathway, and she (I think it was a she?) was quite happy to sit and let me film her.
Sand Lizard at Upton Heath, Dorset – click arrow to view