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Anonymous. 1965. Survey of British amphibians and reptiles. British Journal of Herpetology 3: 230-231.

Anonymous. 1983. Herpetofauna translocations in Britain - a policy. Statement from the Conservation Committee of the British Herpetological Society. British Journal of Herpetology 6(8): 314-316.

Anonymous. 1986. Report of the March meeting. The identification of British herptiles. Rephiberary 101: 1-3.

Anonymous. 1994. A framework for the conservation of amphibians and reptiles in the UK: 1994-1999. JNCC, Peterborough, United Kingdom. 16 pp.

Anonymous. 1997. Exotic reptiles and amphibians in the wild: information and advice on the problems of non-native species in Britain and Ireland. Froglife, Halesworth. 8 pp.

Anonymous. 1998. The planning system and site defence: how to protect reptile and amphibian habitats. Froglife, Halesworth. 12 pp.

Anonymous. 1999. Reptile survey: an introduction to planning, conducting and interpreting surveys for snake and lizard conservation. Froglife, Halesworth, Suffolk. 12 pp.

Anonymous. 2001. Dangerous Wild Animals Act - revision. Herptile 26(4): 139-145.

Ansell, R.; Baker, P.; Harris, S. 2001. The value of gardens for wildlife - lessons from mammals and herpetofauna. British Wildlife 13(2): 77-84.

Appleby, L.G. 1958. The food of British snakes. Field 211: 59.

Appleby, L.G. 1958. The length of British snakes. Field 212: 231.

Appleby, L.G. 1968. British snakes and how they breed. Field 232: 879-880.

Appleby, L.G. 1969. British snakes and their diet. Country Life 145: 963-964.

Appleby, L.G. 1970. Feeding habits of British snakes. Gamekeeper 874: 266-267.

Appleby, L.G. 1971. British snakes. John Baker, London. 150 pp.

Arnold, H.R. 1973. Provisional atlas of the amphibians and reptiles of the British Isles. Biological Records Centre, Monks Wood Experimental Station, Huntingdon. 19 pp.

Arnold, H.R. 1995. Atlas of amphibians and reptiles in Britain. ITE Research Publication 10: 1-40.

Arnold, H.R. 1995. Atlas of Amphibians and Reptiles in Britain. Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Huntingdon. 40 pp.

Banks, B. 1988. Conservation matters: a review of herp conservation issues in the news, September-December 1987. British Herpetological Society Bulletin 23: 5.

Beckett, C.; Foster, J. 1995. The herpetofauna worker's guide 1995: a directory of information and resources for the conservation of amphibians and reptiles in the U.K. and Ireland. Herpetofauna Conservation International Ltd., Halesworth. 64 pp.

Beebee, T. 1977. Hot habitats in Britain. Oryx 14(2): 129-132.

Beebee, T.J.C. 1981. Historical aspects of British herpetofauna distribution. British Journal of Herpetology 6(5): 178.

Beebee, T.J.C. 2013. Amphibians and reptiles. Pelagic Publishing, Exeter. 170 pp.

Beebee, T.J.C.; Griffiths, R.A. 2000. Amphibians and reptiles: a natural history of the British herpetofauna. HarperCollins Publishers, London. 270 pp.

Beebee, T.J.C.; Wilkinson, J.W.; Buckley, J. 2009. Amphibian declines are not uniquely high amongst the vertebrates: trend determination and the British perspective. Diversity 1(1): 67-88.

Belt, A. 1939. Turtles in the English Channel, 1938-39. Hastings Nat. 5(6): 270-271.

Boraston, B. 1997. Report on the 1997 Herpetofauna Workers' meeting held at the Merseyside Maritime Museum, Liverpool on 14th-15th February. Rephiberary 235: 6-10.

Branson, A. (ed.) 2007. Wildlife reports. British Wildlife 18(4): 273-293.

Branson, A. (ed.) 2007. Wildlife reports. British Wildlife 19(1): 44-64.

Branson, A. (ed.) 2008. Wildlife reports. British Wildlife 19(5): 347-365.

Branson, A. (ed.). 2004. Wildlife reports. British Wildlife 16(2): 120-140.

Branson, A. 2007. Wildlife reports. British Wildlife 18(5): 347-366.

Bray, B.; Foxford, C. 1997. Design opportunities: overview. English Nature Science 30: 26-30.

British Herpetological Society Conservation Committee 1994. The British Herpetological Society Conservation Committee report: 1992 & 1993. British Herpetological Society Bulletin 47: 2-6.

British Herpetological Society, Conservation Committee 1973. The conservation of British amphibians and reptiles - a policy. British Journal of Herpetology 4(12): 339-341.

Broadley, D.G. 1958. Some ecological notes on the British reptiles, with particular reference to their feeding habits. British Journal of Herpetology 2: 126-129.

Brongersma, L.D. 1967. Guide for the identification of stranded turtles on British coasts. Trustees British Museum (Nat. Hist.) London. Publ. 659: 1-23.

Brongersma, L.D. 1967. Turtles in the seas around Britain. Field 230(5981): 395.

Buckley, J. (undated, 1982?). A guide for the identification of British amphibians and reptiles. British Herpetological Society, London. 17 pp.

Burton, J.A. 1975. Wildlife imports in Britain 1975. Oryx 13(4): 25-30.

Cadbury, J.; Lambton, S. 1996. The importance of RSPB nature reserves for amphibians and non-marine reptiles. RSPB Conservation Review 10: 82-89.

Carter, S. 1993. New import and trade regulations for live reptiles and amphibians from 1 January 1993. British Herpetological Society Bulletin 43: 5-9.

Christy, M. 1893. A catalogue of local lists of British mammals, reptiles, and fishes, arranged under counties. Reptiles. Zoologist 3(17): 241-252.

Cooke, A.S.; Arnold, H.R. 1982. National changes in status of the commoner British amphibians and reptiles before 1974. British Journal of Herpetology 6(6): 206-207.

Cooke, M.C. 1865. Our Reptiles. A plain and easy account of the Lizards, Snakes, Newts, Toads, Frogs, and Tortoises indigenous to Great Britain. London. 109 pp.

Cooper, J.E. 1964. Some notes on the reptiles and amphibians of the Crowthorne area. Reading Naturalist 16: 40-42.

Cooper, M.E. 1986. British legislation relating to the conservation of reptiles and amphibians. ASRA (Association for the Study of Reptilia and Amphibia) Journal 3(1): 31-38.

Corbet, K. 1982. Reptiles and amphibians. Gwent Trust for Nature Conservation Newsletter 1982(Summer): 1 p. (Unpaginated).

Corbett, K. 1981. The plight of Britain's reptiles and amphibians. Country-side 24(4): 124-127.

Corbett, K. 1982. Reptiles and amphibians - survey to conserve. Flycatcher 38: 15-18.

Corbett, K.C.; Lambert, M.R.K.; Langton, T.E.S. 1988. Conservation of herpetofauna in Britain and in relation to mainland Europe. Herpetological Review 19(4): 68-69, 71-73.

Croudace, C. 1989. Cooperative, reptile management in the U.K. and Europe: history and proposals. Herptile 14(1): 31-45.

Davenport, J. 1997. Reptilia. pp. 325-327. In: Howson, C.M. & Picton, B.E. (eds.). The species directory of the marine fauna and flora of the British Isles and surrounding seas. Ulster Museum & Marine Conservation Society, Belfast. 508 pp.

Durkin, J.L. 2002. The J.A. "Notes on local reptiles" articles, 1881. Vasculum 87(1): 23-28.

Franco, A.M.A.; Anderson, B.J.; Roy, D.B.; Gillings, S.; Fox, R.; Moilanen, A.; Thomas, C.D. 2009. Surrogacy and persistence in reserve selection: landscape prioritization for multiple taxa in Britain. Journal of Applied Ecology 46(1): 82-91.

Fraser, F.C.; Parker, H.W. 1949. Stranded whales and turtles. Guide, identification & reporting of stranded whales, dolphins, porpoises & turtles on British coasts. British Museum (Natural History), London. 42 pp.

Fraser, F.C.; Parker, H.W. 1953. Guide for the identification and reporting of stranded whales, dolphins, porpoises and turtles of the British coasts. 2nd edn. British Museum (Natural History), London. 42 pp. 1953: 1-42.

Frazer, D. 1983. Reptiles and amphibians in Britain. Collins, London. 256 pp.

Frazer, D. 2009. Reptiles and amphibians in Britain. Harper Collins, London. 256 pp.

Frazer, J.F.D. 1964. Introduced species of amphibians and reptiles in mainland Britain. British Journal of Herpetology 3: 145-150.

Frazer, J.F.D. 1980. Problems in field work in British herpetology. Report Cotswold Herpetological Symposium 1979 [1980]: 2-4.

Freeman, D. 1991. British reptiles and amphibians. Thames and Chiltern Herpetological Group Newsletter 122: 22-24.

Fritz, U.; Kindler, C. 2017. A very European tale – Britain still has only three snake species, but its grass snake is now assigned to another species (Natrix helvetica). Herpetological Bulletin 141: 44-45.

Gadow, H. 1904. Reptilia and Amphibia of Cambridgeshire. pp. 100-107. In: Marr, J.E.; Shipley, A.E. Handbook to the Natural History of Cambridgeshire. Cambridge.

Gaywood, M.J. 1997. Marine turtles in British and Irish waters. British Wildlife 9(2): 69-78.

Gent, T. 2003. Herpetological reintroductions. pp. 11-17. In: Poland Bowen, C. (ed.). Conference proceedings 2001-2002. The Return of the Native - reintroduction of native species back into their natural habitats & MammAliens - a one day conference on the problems caused by non-native British mammals. People's Trust for Endangered Species & Mammals Trust UK, London. 57 pp.

Gent, T.; Tew, T. 1993. Developing a herpetological conservation strategy for the United Kingdom. British Herpetological Society Bulletin 44: 13-15.

Gibb, R.; Foster, J. (eds.). 2000. The herpetofauna worker's guide 2000: a directory of information and resources for the conservation of amphibians and reptiles in the UK and Ireland. Froglife, Halesworth. 88 pp.

Gibb, R.; Foster, J. 2000. The Herpetofauna Worker's Guide 2000. 4th ed. Herpetofauna Conservation International, Halesworth, Suffolk. 88 pp.

Gibbons, F.B. 1993. Some notes on British reptiles and amphibians. SWHS Journal 2(3): 20-26.

Gleed-Owen, C.P. 2010. Reptiles. pp. 337-362. In: Maclean, N. (ed.). Silent summer: the state of wildlife in Britain and Ireland. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, New York, etc. 765 pp.

Gordon, W.J. 1904. Our country's animals and how to know them. Guide to mammals, reptiles, amphibians of Great Britain. London. 160 pp.

Govett, J.R. 1965. Reptilia. Naturalist (Hull) 892: 14.

Groves, C.P. 1930. Common British reptiles. Starfish 12: 20-23.

Herringshaw, D. 1973. Other vertebrates recorder's report for 1970-71. Sorby Record 3(3): 55-59.

Hilton-Brown, D.; Oldham, R.S. 1991. The status of the widespread amphibians and reptiles in Britain, 1990, and changes during the 1980's. Nature Conservancy Council Contract Survey 131: 1-41.

Inns, H. 1992. British reptiles. British Wildlife 4(1): 27-33.

Inns, H. 2009. Britain's reptiles and amphibians: a guide to the reptiles and amphibians of Great Britain, Ireland and the Channel Islands. WILDGuides Ltd., Old Basing. 164 pp.

Inns, H. 2010. Reptiles and amphibians. British Wildlife 21(5): 350-351.

Inns, H. 2010. Wildlife reports: reptiles and amphibians. British Wildlife 21(6): 427.

Jenyns, L. 1835. A Manual of British Vertebrate Animals. (Herpetology, pp. 287-305). J. Deighton & T. Stevens, Cambridge & Longman, London. 558 pp.

Kemp, E. 1976. Mammals and lower vertebrate section. Harrogate & District Naturalists' Society Report 1976: 36-39.

Kerridge, R. 2014. Cold Blood: Adventures with Reptiles and Amphibians. Vintage, London. 290 pp.

Kirkwood, J.K. 1969. British snakes. Earth 2: 23.

Knight, M. 1965. Reptiles in Britain. Leicester, Brockhampton Press. 96 pp.

Langton, A.E.S. 2002. Measures to protect amphibians and reptiles from road traffic. pp. 223-248. In: Sherwood, B.; Cutler, D.; Burton, J.A. (eds.). Wildlife and roads: the ecological impact. Imperial College Press, London. 299 pp.

Langton, T. 1986. Protecting wild reptiles and amphibians in Britain: a report by the Fauna & Flora Preservation Society. Fauna & Flora Preservation Society, London. 16 pp.

Langton, T. 1989. Snakes & lizards. Whittet Books, London. 125 pp.

Latham, D.; Jones, E.; Fasham, M. 2005. Reptiles. pp. 404-411. In: Hill, D.; Fasham, M.; Tucker, G.; Shewry, M.; Shaw, P. (eds.). Handbook of biodiversity methods: survey, evaluation and monitoring. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, New York, etc. 573 pp.

Leese, R.G.; Bawlins, S.P. 1936. The three British snakes. Field 1936: 32.

Leighton, G.R. 1901. The life-history of British serpents and their local distribution in the British Isles. Edinburgh & London. 363 pp.

Leighton, G.R. 1903. Some recent observations on British reptiles. Rep. Brit. Ass. 1903: 694.

Leighton, G.R. 1903. The life-history of British lizards and their local distribution in the British Isles. Edinburgh & London. 214 pp.

Leutscher, A. 1954. Reptiles and amphibians in Britain. Oryx 2: 314-318.

Livingstone, C. 2002. The constructor's experience: the designers response. pp. 91-94. In: Sherwood, B.; Cutler, D.; Burton, J.A. (eds.). Wildlife and roads: the ecological impact. Imperial College Press, London. 299 pp.

Loveridge, A. 1913. Notes on the three British Ophidia. Cardiff Trans. Nat. Soc. 46: 52-64.

Macleod, R.D. 1959. Key to the names of British fishes, mammals, amphibians and reptiles. Pitman & Sons Ltd., London. 71 pp.

Matthews, L.H. 1952. The British Amphibia and reptiles. Methuen & Co., London. 54 pp.

Nash, D.J.; Robinson, S.; Lewis, T.R. 2017. Observations on the distribution of melanistic snakes in Britain. Herpetological Bulletin 136: 19-22.

Nature Conservancy Council 1989. Guidelines for selection of biological SSSIs: rationale, operational approach and criteria, detailed guidelines for habitats and species-groups. Nature Conservancy Council, Peterborough. 288 pp.

Parker, H.W. 1935. List of British vertebrates. (Reptiles and amphibians, pp. 37-39). British Museum (Natural History), London. 66 pp.

Parker, H.W. 1939. Turtles stranded on the British Coast, 1938-1939. Proceedings of the Linnean Society of London 2(151) [1938-39]: 127-129.

Parrott, S.J. 1993. Snakes of the northern isles? British Herpetological Society Bulletin 46: 29-31.

Perring, F. 1969. Mapping the flora and fauna of the British Isles. Countryside 21: 100-104.

Pierpoint, C. 2000. Bycatch of Marine Turtles in UK and Irish waters. JNCC Report 310: 1-32.

Powell, R.W. 1942. Reptiles and Amphibia. Transactions of the Lincolnshire Naturalists' Union 1941 [1942]: 77-86.

Prestt, I.; Cooke, A.S.; Corbett, K.F. 1974. British amphibians and reptiles. pp. 229-254. In: Hawksworth, D.L. (Ed.). The changing flora and fauna of Britain. Academic Press London. Publications Syst. Ass. Spec. Vols.

Procter, J.B. 1919. On the variation in the number of dorsal scalerows in our British snakes. Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 1919: 357-364.

Rawlins, S.P. 1937. Early appearances of reptiles [and amphibians]. Field May: 1207.

Richardson, P. 2001. Progress with the UK Marine Turtles Grouped Species Action Plan. Testudo 5(3): 78-82.

Russell, F.S. 1939. Turtles in the English Channel. Nature (London) 143: 206.

Simms, C. 1970. Lives of British Lizards. Goose & Son Publishers, Norwich. 132 pp.

Smith, M.A. 1949. Reproduction and behaviour of the British amphibia and reptiles. New Nat. London 5 [1949]: 19-24.

Smith, M.A. 1951. The British amphibians and reptiles. Collins, London. 318 pp.

Smith, M.A. 1952. The climate of the British Isles and its influence on the habits and distribution of the amphibians and reptiles. British Journal of Herpetology 1(6): 103-112.

Smith, M.A. 1964. The British ampnibians and reptiles. Collins, London, 3rd Edition. 322 pp.

Smith, M.A. 1969. The British amphibians and reptiles. 4th ed. New Naturalist, Collins, London. 322 pp.

Smith, M.A. 1973. The British amphibians and reptiles. 5th ed. Collins, London. 322 pp.

Smith, M.A. 2009. The British Amphibians and Reptiles. (Reprint, first published in 1951). Harper Collins, London. 322 pp.

Spellerberg, I.F. 1975. Conservation and management of Britain's reptiles based on their ecological and behavioural requirements: a progress report. Biological Conservation 7(4): 289-300.

Spellerberg, I.F. 1986. Conservation of reptiles in Britain and their role in monitoring changes in biological systems. pp. 747-751. In: Rocek, Z. (ed.). Studies in herpetology. Proceedings of the European Herpetological Meeting (3rd Ordinary General Meeting of the Societas Europaea Herpetologica) Prague 1985. Charles University, Prague. 754 pp.

Stafford, P. 1989. Lizards of the British Isles. Shire Natural History Series 46: 1-24.

Sterry, P. 2005. Complete British animals. Collins, London. 224 pp.

Sterry, P. 2010. Collins Complete Guide to British Animals: A Photographic Guide to Every Common Species. Harper Collins, London. 224 pp.

Stratton, A.R. 1964. British lizards. Birds & Country 17: 14-15.

Taylor, R.H.R. 1963. The distribution of amphibians and reptiles in England and Wales, Scotland and Ireland and the Channel Isles: a revised survey. British Journal of Herpetology 3: 95-116.

Thomas, R. 2014. Tortoises and the exotic animal trade in Britain from Medieval to ‘Modern. Testudo 8(1): 56-68.

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Walters, G.J. 1981. Historical aspects of British herpetofauna distribution. British Journal of Herpetology 6(5): 177-179.

Westell, W.P. 1930. British reptiles, amphibians and freshwater fishes. Abbey Nature Books, London. 113 pp.

Woodward, A.S. 1902. Reptiles. Encyclopedia Brittanica 32: 215-220.

Wormald, K.; Downie, J.R.; Petrovan, S.; Neal, R. 2015. The Frog Life Trust: working for amphibians and reptiles in the UK and beyond. Herpetological Bulletin 131: 1-6.

Wright, W.J. 1967. A note from Great Britain. International Turtle and Tortoise Society Journal 1(3): 37-38.

Yalden, D.W. 1981. Historical aspects of British herpetofauna distribution. British Journal of Herpetology 6(5): 178.