One evening this week I had a quick search for Adders (Vipera berus), but in very heavy rain I didn’t hold much hope. However, lifting some ground cover I found many Common toads (Bufo bufo), followed by two female adders curled up together under some debris. As they were both ‘old friends’ and gravid, I left them alone and searching some more I uncovered the first male adder I have seen since April. Great! A second visit a few days later, in cloudy weather I saw 3 females, again all gravid, and specimens I had seen before.