Nature Champions: Slow Worm

Image of a slow worm moving up over a piece of fabric, it's head only visible.

Although superficially snake-like, the slow worm is a legless lizard, up to 40cm long. Bronze or gold coloured, females and juveniles have dark flanks and often a stripe down the back. Slow worms love compost heaps and are popular with gardeners for their slug-eating habits.

Action Needed

  • Support agri-environment strategies to create and restore habitats. 
  • Work for improved planning processes to take better account of Slow worm presence in the early stages. 
  • Ensure the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy is fully implemented.


Development and agricultural intensification, loss and fragmentation of habitat, predation by domestic cats, persecution.

MSP Nature Champion

Daniel Johnson

Member for: Edinburgh Southern

Region: Lothian

Party: Scottish Labour Party

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