A framework for the conservation of amphibians and reptiles in the UK 1994-1999
Joint Nature Conservation Committee
Booklet setting out objectives and identifying the actions needed. Also summarises legislation.




A framework for the Conservation of Amphibians and Reptiles in the UK: 1994-1999Six amphibian and six reptile species are native to the mainland UK; of these, two amphibian and one reptile species occur in Northern Ireland. In addition, five marine turtle species have been recorded in UK waters. There are also established populations of a number of non-indigenous species.


This document seeks to further the conservation of native amphibians and reptiles in the UK by:


(i)         setting out aims and objectives for the conservation of amphibians and reptiles;


(ii)        identifying the range of actions needed; and


(iii)       encouraging cooperation and communication to achieve more effective collaborative effort.


The document provides a comprehensive framework within which specific plans for action can be developed by statutory and non-statutory bodies. The twelve species of amphibian and reptile vary in status and abundance, ranging from common to rare and from widespread to highly localised. Some of the work identified as necessary will be of low priority; other work will already have been successfully implemented for some or all species.


The framework covers the five year period 1994 - 1999. It builds on, rather than replaces, existing policies and guidelines (e.g. Nature Conservancy Council 1983) for England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.


This framework has been produced after extensive consultation. The Joint Nature Conservation Committee as led in its development, but the framework should not be considered exclusive to any one organisation, nor can its full implementation be achieved by any one organisation. This document should therefore form the basis of activity for many different groups. A way of co-ordinating involvement and of avoiding duplication of effort will need to be developed.


The following rationale sets the context for action.


Amphibians and reptiles are important and integral parts of the UK’s natural and cultural heritage, and are valuable indicators of environmental change. Their future should be safeguarded. This will require a co-ordinated approach to integrate action conservation programmes at various levels, improve and disseminate knowledge of the species, and develop effective protection mechanisms.


Partnerships should be developed to further the conservation of these species and to achieve heightened awareness and concern among a wide audience. Through these partnerships, understanding of the ecology and distribution of these species should develop, thereby ensuring that viable populations are conserved throughout their traditional ranges.

16 pages A4 softback
ISBN 1 873701 69 1
Please cite as: Joint Nature Conservation Committee, (1995), A framework for the conservation of amphibians and reptiles in the UK 1994-1999, 16 pages A4 softback, ISBN 1 873701 69 1