‘Refuges’ are flat objects placed on the ground in a sunny spot – they absorb warmth from the sun and also provide cover from predators, making them perfect places for reptiles.
Sheets of corrugated tin (onduline roof sheets are best) or roofing felt are ideal, but slate roof tiles are less obtrusive in smaller or more traditional gardens.
By occasionally lifting these refuges, you may get a chance to see some of our more elusive species.
Successfully attracting lizards and grass snakes into gardens can be tricky since it depends largely on whether there are any populations locally. However, there’s nothing to stop you from trying.