Regulate artificial lighting during vulnerable periods
Overall effectiveness category No evidence found (no assessment)
Number of studies: 0
Background information and definitions
Artificial lighting may have a negative impact on a range of reptile species (Perry & Fisher 2006). Seasonal reduction of lighting to coincide with vulnerable periods, such as turtle breeding times, has been suggested as a conservation intervention, although, in practice, public safety considerations may often preclude action (Bertolotti & Salmon, 2015).
See also: Enforce compliance to lighting regulations.
Bertolotti L. & Salmon M. (2005) Do embedded roadway lights protect sea turtles? Environmental Management, 36, 702–10.
Perry G. & Fisher R.N. (2006) Night lights and reptiles: observed and potential effects. Pages 169–191 in: C. Rich & T. Longcore (eds.) Ecological consequences of artificial night lighting. Island Press, Washington D.C.