Corfu 2012

Here is a page with some photos from the Gerald Durrell’s Corfu week by the Durrell School of Corfu where I was one of the leading field guides in May 2012.

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By Matt Wilson

Gerald Durrell’s Corfu 2012

I’ve just got back from a fantastic week in Corfu with the Durrell School of Corfu for the Gerald Durrell’s Corfu week and I would like to say a big thank you to my colleagues and the amazing participants who made the week truly unforgettable.  Even the severe fire damage from August 2011 that destroyed some of my favourite areas couldn’t dampen our spirits. As always I found almost all the native species of amphibian and reptile, although some of these I found by wandering around by myself in the cooler evenings rather than on the walks themselves. Far too many memorable moments to list for now so I will add a photo album and perhaps a small field report soon, but for now here’s a photo of one of the beauties from the trip:

Striped leopard snake (Zamenis situla) (C) Matt Wilson

By Matt Wilson

First female Adder of 2012!

After one of the wettest and coldest Aprils on record I haven’t visited my regular adder site for five weeks so with some half decent weather I decided to pay them a visit today. Early on it was quite cold and windy, during which I saw several Kestrels hovering around and then a large Buzzard (Buteo buteo), this is worrying as I’ve never seen this species around this adder site before and they are big reptile predators and it appears there is a nest close by. As the weather gradually improved I came across a tiny neonate adder (Vipera berus) from last year sitting out in the open. As the weather got better with the wind decreasing and sun coming out I spotted an adult male adder basking next to a pile of stones, I last saw this specimen during the April 2011 heatwave some distance away from here. To finish off the search I came across a nice female, which I regular saw last summer close to the same spot. This is the first female I have seen at this site this year, but wonder if the peak time for mating for the adders this year will be May rather than April which was very cold.

Next week I’m off to Corfu (yes again!) for the Gerald Durrell week with the Durrell School of Corfu, after a horrid month of the coldest April temperatures in 100 years there now seems to be a heatwave. I’ll surely come across some familiar herps on the guided walks so I will be sure to post some photos.

Neonate adder (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson

Neonate adder (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson

Neonate adder (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson

Male adder (Vipera berus) in situ (C) Matt Wilson

Male adder (Vipera berus) in situ (C) Matt Wilson

Female adder (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson

Female adder (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson

By Matt Wilson