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Outcomes and lessons from a quarter of a century of Sand lizard Lacerta agilis reintroductions in southern England

Outcomes and lessons from a quarter of a century of Sand lizard Lacerta agilis reintroductions in southern England
Outcomes and lessons from a quarter of a century of Sand lizard Lacerta agilis reintroductions in southern England
Despite occurring widely across Europe and Asia, the Sand lizard Lacerta agilis is threatened in the north-western part of its range and had disappeared from much of its former habitat in England and Wales prior to concerted conservation action. A breeding population established at Marwell Zoo, UK, contributed to the re-establishment of 26 populations of Sand lizards at heathland and coastal dune sites across southern England as part of a wider multi-stakeholder response to reverse the decline of the species. Knowledge about the biology of Sand lizards was accrued during the process, which helped to refine the management of the breeding population that was maintained in a naturalistic setting within the indigenous range of the species. These successes were underpinned by coordinated collaborative actions and long-term institutional commitments against a backdrop of considerable change in the statutory framework governing Sand lizard conservation. The management of this project was not without cost or risk, including protection of valuable founder stock, incomplete knowledge about the health and disease status of Sand lizards, intrinsic constraints of limited founder representation, and the challenges of monitoring this elusive species post release.
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Woodfine, T.
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Wilkie, M.
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Moulton, N.
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Riordan, P.
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Woodfine, T., Wilkie, M., Gardner, R., Edgar, P., Moulton, N. and Riordan, P. (2017) Outcomes and lessons from a quarter of a century of Sand lizard Lacerta agilis reintroductions in southern England. International Zoo Yearbook. (doi:10.1111/izy.12155).

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Despite occurring widely across Europe and Asia, the Sand lizard Lacerta agilis is threatened in the north-western part of its range and had disappeared from much of its former habitat in England and Wales prior to concerted conservation action. A breeding population established at Marwell Zoo, UK, contributed to the re-establishment of 26 populations of Sand lizards at heathland and coastal dune sites across southern England as part of a wider multi-stakeholder response to reverse the decline of the species. Knowledge about the biology of Sand lizards was accrued during the process, which helped to refine the management of the breeding population that was maintained in a naturalistic setting within the indigenous range of the species. These successes were underpinned by coordinated collaborative actions and long-term institutional commitments against a backdrop of considerable change in the statutory framework governing Sand lizard conservation. The management of this project was not without cost or risk, including protection of valuable founder stock, incomplete knowledge about the health and disease status of Sand lizards, intrinsic constraints of limited founder representation, and the challenges of monitoring this elusive species post release.

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Accepted/In Press date: 13 February 2017
e-pub ahead of print date: 25 March 2017

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Local EPrints ID: 414114
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/414114
ISSN: 1748-1090
PURE UUID: dfd8c532-971f-4b74-b78a-ad7f0258bee8

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Date deposited: 14 Sep 2017 16:32
Last modified: 06 Oct 2020 20:33

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Author: T. Woodfine
Author: M. Wilkie
Author: R. Gardner
Author: P. Edgar
Author: N. Moulton
Author: P. Riordan

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