On Saturday I went over to the Merseyside coast with Carl Corbidge for our first visit to this area in 2012, as it looked like it might not actually rain this time. Oddly enough it turned out to be ‘too’ sunny for successfully locating Sand lizards (Lacerta agilis), but we did manage to spot one female along with two Viviparous lizards (Zootoca vivipara). Apparently this year has been a very poor one for the rare sand lizard, because of vast amounts of rain, but on the other hand it has been a great year for Natterjack toads (Bufo calamita). The dune ponds were all completely full, and filled with tadpoles which is a big contrast this time last year when not a single tadpole had time to develop. After a short while we found two Natterjacks along with a few Common frogs (Rana temporaria). Leaving this area in the afternoon we tried to find some adders at my local site but we had left it too late, too hot and nothing was found except some Common toads (Bufo bufo).