Under the agreement for the translocation of animals from the Port of Tilbury site, a five year monitoring programme was implemented with EWT to annually survey and record animal species and numbers within the receptor sites. Habitat management has also been overseen for the ongoing enhancement of habitats for reptile populations. 2017 will be the last official population assessment; however, suitable habitat diversity and connectivity will be maintained across the Nature Park, to ensure reptiles can continue to integrate into the wider area as the planned site expansion progresses.

Reptile populations have remained stable, with particular hotspots within the areas of greatest habitat restoration and hibernacula creation. This shows the importance of the creation of such features and of continued habitat maintenance.

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