Wall lizard colonies in the United Kingdom

The Wall Lizard Project

The Wall lizard project is an initiative by SARG and RAUK e-forums to determine a baseline for the presence of the Common wall lizard (Podarcis muralis) within the United Kingdom. The project works closely with other UK herpetological organisations including County ARGs, ARC and the BHS.

This page lists the known 51 UK sites, and you can view further details by clicking on any of the icons at the bottom of the page.

The current population estimate for Wall lizards in the UK is 20,400 animals. (Note not all sites have yet been included in this estimate.)

More information concerning the Wall lizard's ecology can be found here: SARG Wall lizard page.

If you would like to become involved in the Wall lizard project, as a volunteer surveyor, please look at our 'Involvement' web page.


UK Distribution map for the Common wall lizard  (Black icons = historic colonies, Red icons = current colonies, Bronze = sightings)


Detailed colony information
(Yellow background indicates non-public access)

Current Breeding Colonies (click lizard icon for site information)

Avon

1. Bristol

Devon

2. Newton Abbot

Devon

3. Newton Ferrers

Dorset

4. Abbotsbury

Dorset

5. Boscombe

Dorset

6. Branksome Dean

Dorset

7. Canford Cliffs

Dorset

8. Cheyne Weare

Dorset

9. Dancing ledge

Dorset

10. East Cliff

Dorset

11. Longstone Ope

Dorset

12. Pearce Avenue

Dorset

13. Seacombe Quarry

Dorset

14. West Weare

Dorset

15. Winspit Quarry

Hampshire

16. Holmsley

Isle of Wight

17. Shorwell

Isle of Wight

18. Ventnor

Kent

19. Folkestone

Kent

20. Tyler Hill

London

21. Birdbrook

London

22. Islington

Norfolk

23. Aylsham

Somerset

24. Wellington

Somerset

25. Wembdon

Suffolk

26. Felixstowe

Surrey

27. Banstead

Surrey

28. Nutfield

Sussex

29. Bury

Sussex

30. Shoreham by Sea

Sussex

31. West Worthing

Swansea

32. South Gower


Confirmed Sightings (click lizard icon for site information)

Cornwall

1. Truro

Dorset

2. Corfe Castle

Dorset

3. Worbarrow Tout

Hampshire

4. Farlington

London

5. Kensington

London

6. Southwark Cathedral

Sussex

7. Eastbourne

Sussex

8. Haywards Heath

Sussex

9. Lancing


Historic locations (click lizard icon for site information)

Berkshire

1. East Burnham Common

Devon

2. Chaplin Estate

Devon

3. Paignton

Dorset

4. Durleston

Middlesex

5. Hampton

Oxfordshire

6. Burford

Shropshire

7. Ludlow

Somerset

8. Stogumber

Surrey

9. Farnham Castle

Surrey

10. Newdigate


Steve Langham, Project coordinator: steve@surrey-arg.org.uk

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