What is Reptilewatch JE? - Search for reptiles and share your sightings to help reptile conservation
Why reptiles? - Jersey has four native reptile species, some of which are rarely seen and are limited to certain habitats.
Join in! Level 1 - spend 30 minutes looking for reptiles and send us your results. Add your sightings now here!
Want to get more involved?
Level 2, All Reptiles – carry out 6 surveys, each taking 1 to 2 hours. You will search for reptiles along a route and check artificial refugia (sheets of roofing material) for reptiles and other species.
Level 2, Wall Lizards – carry out 6 surveys, each taking 30 minutes. You will search for wall lizards at known and suspected wall lizard sites.
You will need training at one of our events but no previous experience is needed. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to be allocated a site. Alternatively you can survey your own site with the relevant landowner permissions.
All surveys take place between March and October.
Resources - Here you will find: survey forms, survey guides, ID guides, species fact sheets, health and safety information and more. Jersey Amphibian and Reptile Group (JARG) website.
The green lizard (Lacerta bilineata) is typically bright green and can usually be found in coastal grassland, heathland and dune habitats. They are most likely to be seen on warm sunny days.
The slow worm (Anguis fragilis) is a legless lizard ranging from grey to brown or copper in colour. They are rarely seen out in the open, preferring to spend much of their time underground or in amongst low-level vegetation and leaf litter. They are widespread in Jersey and can be found in a variety of semi-natural and semi-urban habitats including allotments, cemeteries and gardens.
The wall lizard (Podarcis muralis) is typically brown but can be variable in colour. They are most commonly found in the north and east of the island, favouring fortifications and dry stone walls.
The grass snake (Natrix helvetica) is Jersey’s rarest and most elusive reptile. It is also Jersey’s only snake species, and does not occur anywhere else in the Channel Islands. This non-venomous snake can grow up to a metre long, with an olive green or brown body with black bars along it and a yellow collar on the neck. They are distributed in the west of the island, inhabiting grassland, wetland, dune and heathland areas.
If you currently do not have time to commit to carrying out these surveys please record any sighting you have and add a casual record.
Reptilewatch JE is the successor to the widespread reptile surveys undertaken as part of the National Amphibian and Reptile Recording Scheme (NARRS) which ran in Jersey from 2007 to 2018. During this time volunteers provided a great deal of information which has been used to inform the design of Reptilewatch JE as well as influence efforts to protect the species.