A group of lizards in Dartford have been transferred to a new home and protected by security fencing while redevelopment work takes place.

The set of 100 common lizards have been moved at Long Reach sewage works after being discovered earlier this year by Thames Water workers, the BBC reported.

Employees were readying the sewage site for a £40 million revamp when they spotted the creatures, who were living at the specific site for the work.

They have since been moved to a new home made out of logs and soil, and protected from entering the construction area by reptile security fencing, which will be taken down when the project is completed, expected to be 2012.

"A wildlife specialist captured them during the early hours of the morning when their energy levels are at their lowest and they are most docile," Claudia Innes, Thames Water's ecologist, told the BBC.

"The lizards are doing well in their new home."

Recently, a Scottish gamekeeper said the lack of security fencing at Mar Lodge estate, in Deeside, was contributing to a sharp decline in deer numbers.ADNFCR-3337-ID-800296052-ADNFCR