Slow worm

Latin name: Anguis fragilis

The slow worm, is a legless lizard and looks like a small, shiny, metallic-looking snake. This species is relatively common throughout England, Wales and Scotland favouring mature tussocky grasslands on sunny banks.

Nationally slow worm populations are declining due to habitat loss and it has been a UK priority species since 2007. In the Yorkshire Dales National Park this species it thought to be uncommon but due to a shortage of trained surveyors its current distribution and status in the National Park is unknown. Areas where it has been formally recorded include Wharfedale and Arkengarthdale. In 2010, the slow worm became a Yorkshire Dales National Park priority species. Since then the wildlife conservation team of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority has been working with local volunteers to assist with the National Amphibian and Reptile Recording Scheme (NARRS).

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There is a freshness and at times a undefineable fragrance to the air at high altitude in the Pennines. Joan E. Duncan & R.W.Robson

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