Welcome to Turtle Tally!

UK Citizen Science Project

Thank you for stopping by our website. The project is aimed at collecting observational data on the locations where we see turtles and terrapins in our local lakes and ponds in the UK. If you spot them in local waterbodies, you can submit your sighting to the survey link below. Your input is so important and working together we can collect information to understand more on this topic. We have two survey links, one for the general sightings and another specifically for anglers to complete. Feel free to get in touch if you have any questions and take a look at some of our pages to learn more.

Important notes:

  • Please remember that this is purely an observational study so there is no need to disturb or handle terrapins.

  • Please ensure your safety when near open bodies of water.

  • Releasing non-native species in the UK can result in prosecution.

We have two surveys, one is aimed at the general public and the other is aimed at anglers. Please ensure you complete the correct one below:


Government Guidelines: Invasive Non-native (Alien) species

Summary: Capture, release and rehoming Trachemys species

Wild Capture

If a released terrapin is accidentally captured or handled, the animal(s) must be released immediately. If the animal is being taken to a vet, it is their responsibility and cannot be released. It is illegal to release a non-native species in the UK.


There are specific stipulations regarding the rehoming of Trachemys species (Red-eared sliders, Yellow-bellied sliders and Cumberland sliders). Current regulations state that there needs to be proof of ownership prior to the regulations being in force and that documentation is to be passed to new owners. In addition, they cannot be sold or traded in this exchange. Slider terrapins must be taken to a licenced rehoming centre or sanctuary.  For further information, please click on the link below.

Traditional Library


  • ARC Trust Herptofauna Workers Meeting 2021
    06 Feb, 09:30 GMT – 07 Feb, 15:30 GMT
    Online event
    Some great talks and workshops organised for the weekend. We have our research poster submitted to this event and are taking questions on our work on the weekend. So book your tickets and check it out!
  • ARG UK Autumn Seminars: Alien species - what can we do about them?
    26 Nov 2020, 19:30 – 21:00 GMT-8
    Live Online Webinar
    Don't Miss Out An interesting discussion on the invasive species in the UK with several members with vast experience in the sector discussing the topic. We will be providing a 15 minute presentation on the Tally and getting involved in the debate.
  • East Sussex Environmental Conference: Making Natural History
    Wed, 18 Nov
    18 Nov 2020, 18:00 – 18:40 GMT
    A range of seminars talking about how schools can get involved in their local environment.

Contact us

We hope you have found everything you were looking for, if not, please do contact us. We are a volunteer-run project so please bear with us. 


National Centre for Reptile Welfare and Hadlow College,
Kent TN11 0AN.

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Researching and Writing

Vincent van Gogh

“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?”


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