anonymous spotter's picture

Common Lizards, Black Mountain

Observed: 26th July 2011 By: anonymous spotter
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Description:

IN NORTHERN IRELAND IT IS ILLEGAL TO DISTURB, CAPTURE, POSESS, SELL, INJURE OR KILL A COMMON LIZARD. VERY SUBSTANTIAL FINES IMPOSED.
(Restored 'Arklooker’ observation - User ‘Arklooker’ no longer active on iSpot)
Photo1 6/6/11
Photo2 14/6/11
Photo3 26/7/11
Photo4 9/8/11 - Plain morph

Identifications
Species interactions

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Comments

the naturalist man's picture

Common lizard

An excellent collection of different patterned common lizards.

Graham Banwell

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nightfly's picture

Very interesting to hear

Very interesting to hear these laws in relation to common lizards in NI. I mustnt capture and post images of captured lizards any more. Its gonna be all the more difficult to achieve images of them from now on as a result. Cheers for posting this info, I had no idea there were any such laws.

Where could I find more details regarding the laws? Just as a matter of curiosity, the backround to the legislation, why it has been implemented etc?

Thanks again,

Cathal.

anonymous spotter's picture

Wildlife and Natural Environment Act (Northern Ireland) 2011

An update to The Wildlife (Northern Ireland) Order 1985 which is still in effect. Among many other amendments, enforcement powers have been strenghtened. Max fine £5,000.
(You can get a licence which exempts you for certain purposes - eg, for surveys.)

(I did not intend to rectivate this account but the ref to the Law was prompted by disturbance at a site which I identified via iSpot and the disappearance of a gravid lizard which had regularly used the disturbed basking site.)

nightfly's picture

Cheers Arkived for the info.

Cheers Arkived for the info. Must have a good look at the above act.

Thats terrible if someone has taken a wild gravid lizard from its natural environment. Hopefully it was a case of natural predation, but as you describe a disturbance it sounds pretty suspicious. I hope the message is received...

Good to know the above info.

Cathal.

anonymous spotter's picture

Better News!

Probably human disturbance but can't rule out dogs (I have seen a springer spaniel let loose in the area).

Anyway, as of this morning, I am 99% certain the lizard escaped and has moved to a new, less visible, location! (Size & markings identical.)

A.

nightfly's picture

Great news. Hopefully she'll

Great news. Hopefully she'll keep out of harms way and get that brood out in safety. Nice work.

Cathal.

anonymous spotter's picture

End of Story