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 spells. Close to a freshwater pond we spotted the first two male Adders basking from quite deep within some bracken, soon afterwards the sun showed itself and we found a group of 4 Adders basking together on a south facing slope. Behind this we found another two Adders basking on top of each other, and at a different site we saw an additional 6 adders, again all male specimens. At around 2pm the weather got a bit colder, darker and with more wind, so we called it a day and went for some lunch!
In addition, this week I appeared on Allan Beswick’s breakfast show on BBC Radio Manchester, discussing the recently published national survey that reports that Adders were only found in 7% of surveyed areas and that the species is in great decline across the country. To read the report, click here
Plenty of photos from the day: