Amphibian & Reptile Travels

Monthly Archives: March 2012

On Friday I went over to visit Carl in South Yorkshire with the aim of combining herping with some birding. In fact birds turned out to be the highlight of the visit rather than amphibians and reptiles. In the late afternoon we visited a cathedral where a pair of Peregrine falcons (Falco peregrinus) reside, they were both present and we even saw them mating, as well as the male bringing back a… Read More

After another full day in the field with mixed weather I found the same five male adders (Vipera berus) as in the previous post. But in the end I managed to find a sixth specimen, a beautiful large male which turned out to be a completely new specimen to me. It was found in an area where I found a cast skin last summer, but had never seen a snake there. Great!… Read More

Today with the sun out and an elevated temperature of around 12C, I ventured back to my most local Adder site. After spending the entire day from 8 30am to 5pm at this fragmented population I was somewhat disappointed to only find 5 male specimens, however on the bright side 2 of these were new specimens to me. In such perfect weather, clear skies and no wind I really hoped I would… Read More