Rare lizard species released into wild

A conservation group has released 80 juvenile sand lizards, one of the UK’s rarest reptiles, into the wild in Hampshire. Marwell Wildlife, led by PhD student Rachel Gardner, released the lizards on Eelmoor Marsh - a site of special scientific interest near Farnborough - as part of a three-year project. Radio tags weighing less than 0.3 grams were used to assess the animals’ activity, and the lizards were tracked upon their release into the wild. The research included evaluating behaviour, habitat use and survivorship of individuals, which are identifiable by their unique spot patterns.

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