Poole Cliffs


Nearest TownPlace namePublic access
PooleCanford CliffsYes

This colony originated at the Zig-Zag close to Flaghead chine on Canford Cliffs with the release of 50-60 hatchlings in Autumn 1992. This colony has been spread along the cliffs as far as the car park at Bransome Dean chine. The animals appear to be the green-backed form and are beleived to originate from the Italian population.

This release was clearly illegal as it was a deliberate act in contravention of the Wildlife and Countryside act (1981). It is probably the most irresponsible release recorded in the UK, due to the close proximity of a now threatened Sand lizard population.


This appears to be one of the most thriving Wall lizard colonies, unfortunately it threatens existing Sand lizard colonies.

Lizard form:
male Poole Pm

Adult male Poole Wall lizard
(©David Bird, Poole 2007).