These cute little guys are part of a programme to release sand lizards in sites across the UK. The endangered lizards have almost disappeared from Britain due to loss of habitat caused by agriculture and building developments. Hundreds of sand lizards are to be released at five sites in Surrey, Dorset and mid Wales in an effort to reverse the decline of the creatures. The lizards have been raised in special hatcheries with minimal contact from the breeders so they do not become too tame. Their new homes are on nature reserves which have been assessed to make sure they provide the right habitat for the lizards to survive.
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