Beam Brook and its place in the history of British herpetology

Well known among herpetologists, Beam Brook Field Station has been home to numerous non-native reptiles and amphibians over recent decades. Peter Sutton provides an introduction to the site’s history, wildlife and scientific significance, and explains what is being done to preserve this special place.

Beam Brook Field Station, near Newdigate, in Surrey, is known to many who study the reptiles and amphibians of Britain. During the course of the 20th century, it became nationally renowned as an establishment that sold fish, reptiles and amphibians, from Europe and farther afield, to the public and scientific institutions alike.

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