Fifty rare reptiles have been released back into their native habitat in Kent after an absence of over a century.
Sand lizards are native to Europe and the UK
The sand lizards once lived on the sand dunes of the south coast but starting disappearing when their habitat was taken over by development.
On Tuesday 50 reptiles were released at Sandwich by the Kent Wildlife Trust after a five-hour journey from Dorset where they were successfully bred.
The trust said open sand and plenty of cover was perfect for their survival.
Sand lizards are native to the UK and Europe.
The nature reserve at Sandwich and Pegwell Bay was chosen because of the sand for them to lay eggs and a ridge of grassland which provides protection from predators, the elements and the sea.
Nick Moulton, of the Herpetological Conservation Trust, said: "It has got everything the animal needs.
"They are absolutely harmless. They eat insects - anything they can get inside them they will eat.
"One of the factors, and why they are rare, is the common lizards does not lay eggs - the sand lizard does."
John McAllister, from the Kent Wildlife Trust, said: "We think we have as good a chance of restoring sand lizards here than anywhere."