As its name suggests, the common lizard is the most common reptile in the UK and is Ireland’s only native reptile.

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Protecting the common lizard

Common lizards are protected by law in Great Britain, meaning that it is illegal to deliberately kill, injure or sell common lizards. The UK population appears to be declining and as a result, they are listed as a species on the UK Biodiversity Action Plan.  In Northern Ireland they are even more fully protected against killing, injuring, capturing, disturbance, possession or trade.

Photo (below) by David Slater.

Photo by David Slater

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