Amphibian crossing rescue and first reptile of 2010!

Last night after a day of heavy showers I knew amphibian activity would be high, with vast numbers of Common frogs (Rana temporaria) and Palmate newts (Lissotriton helveticus) making their way to their breeding pond. Upon arriving at the pond after nightfall with the help of my friend Tom, we rescued well over a hundred and fifty frogs from the road next to the pond, as well as a dozen or so newts. Thankfully there was only a few fatalities as the road is not too busy and upon returning this morning I moved a further 40 or so frogs to safety into the pond.

In addition today with hazy sunshine (around 10C), but very strong wind, I observed the first reptile of 2010, a female Viviparous lizard (Zootoca vivipara). Despite the strong wind up on the moors this animal was out basking and was an unusual green colouration, sadly I wasn’t able to get a photograph before it riggled away into the heather.

By Matt Wilson

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