Field day: 18th June

Despite the prediction of bad weather this week, Carl Corbidge came over and we set out to see some herps. First, a quick stop at my local adder site where 5 large and healthy female Vipera berus were quickly found. The second one being the same female as last week sat in exactly the same spot. With a slight improvement in the weather we drove across Lancashire to the Merseyside coast where we met with Dave Hardaker. Now with quite warm weather, Dave spotted three female Sand lizards (Lacerta agilis) and we also managed to find 5 Natterjack toads (Bufo calamita)! Smashing! After this we drove to a nearby spot for Slow-worms (Anguis fragilis), and despite the site being heavily overgrown with nettles and bramble we managed to turn up 4 specimens. Thanks Dave!

Female adder (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson

Female adder (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson

Female adder (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson

Female adder (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson

Female adder (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson

Carl and Dave failing to keep up their guard as I snap away...

Female Sand lizard (Lacerta agilis) (C) Matt Wilson

Cute Natterjack (Bufo calamita) (C) Matt Wilson

Slow worm (Anguis fragilis) (C) Matt Wilson

Slow worm (Anguis fragilis) (C) Matt Wilson

Slow worm (Anguis fragilis) (C) Matt Wilson

By Matt Wilson

One comment on “Field day: 18th June

  1. I remember the first time I ‘found’ an Adder, all happily walking along I was until I felt something shift under my foot. Looked down to discover I was having my first encounter with one of these lovely creatures. I felt rather daft 5 minutes later when I eventually stopped running and bravely screaming away from it. Gave me an instant fear of and fascination with snakes. Now I run a reptile and aquatic supplies store… still watch my feet when walking in Adder territory though.

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