Amphibian & Reptile Travels

Monthly Archives: March 2011

Tonight with an increase in temperature I suspected the mass toad migration not far from my village may have already begun. Arriving at a moorland lodge just before dusk, I found a recently killed toad dead on the road. Upon inspecting the edges of the lodge I found about a dozen male Common toads (Bufo bufo), that were awaiting the arrival of the larger females. As darkness approached I started to see… Read More

After a nice sunny week, the temperature dropped down again by the weekend, but myself and Carl had planned to try to find some male Alpine newts (Ichytosaura alpestris) at the same area we visited in September last year. Before that however, we visited a different spot for Adders (Vipera berus), together with Andrew Gray. The area of suitable habitat for the snakes here is very small, but with some intermittent sunshine we… Read More

Painfully lame jokes aside, I had a very nice day on Saturday out searching for Adders (Vipera berus) at a moorland site in north England. Once again I met up with Carl Corbidge who had seen 7 vipers the previous weekend, and at 9am we set out to see what was around, the weather was quite cold, but there was thankfully no wind, and the day was overcast with some brief sunny… Read More

On Friday evening after dark I had a quick search around some ponds about an hour from where I live. It was still rather cold (4C) so I wasn’t expecting too much. First was an old water trough that contained a single Palmate newt (Lissotriton helveticus). After this I searched around some larger ponds I had spotted on Google earth, the first contained a single Common frog (Rana temporaria), and to my… Read More

Today has been a nice sunny day and the warmest so far of 2011 in the north of England (7C!!!!) so I decided to have a walk around my local area to see if there was any amphibian activity. Since the nights had still been just below freezing I wasn’t expecting a lot of activity, but to my surprise the Common frogs (Rana temporaria) were out breeding. There seemed to be even… Read More