A first real spring day

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 find more, but unfortunately this population is highly fragmented and I wish I could do more to help keep the population going in an area of the UK where Adders have almost completely disappeared because of people. In addition Common frogs (Rana temporaria) were breeding in shallow water sources around the site, and I saw a male Sparrowhawk (Accipter nisus) and a Kestrel (Falco tinnuculus).

Male adder (Vipera berus)

Male adder (Vipera berus)

Male adder (Vipera berus)

Male adder (Vipera berus)

Two Male adders basking on top of one another

Male adder (Vipera berus)

Male adder (Vipera berus)

Male adder (Vipera berus)

Male adder (Vipera berus)

Common frogs (Rana temporaria)

Young Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus)

By Matt Wilson

One comment on “A first real spring day

  1. Lucky you – we’re still in hibernation out here, the odd Green Toad is active (my 16 “toadpoles” are all doing well) but I’m still finding them dozing under rocks with curled up skinks and no sign of a snake yet.
    PS I’ve put a photo on my wall (non-reptile related) which may amuse you.
    All the best
    Steve

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