S.Iberia trip report on the way

Great week in Portugal and S-W Spain, amphibians were out in numbers and we even found 13 species of reptile as well!

Fire salamander (Salamandra salamandra crespoi) close to the border with Spain which to us looked different from the typical crespoi subspecies. (C) Matt Wilson

Fire salamander (Salamandra salamandra crespoi) close to the border with Spain which to us looked different from the typical crespoi subspecies. (C) Matt Wilson

The team: Gertjan Verspui , Carl Corbidge, Me and Liam Russell

The team: Gertjan Verspui , Carl Corbidge, Me and Liam Russell

 

By Matt Wilson

4 comments on “S.Iberia trip report on the way

  1. Hi Matt Both my son (Ben, aged 13) and I really enjoy reading what you’ve been up to and have aspirations to such trips each year. I thought you’d be interested in an iBook he put together on Slow Worms. If you have an iPad you can download it for free via this link: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/book/life-in-the-slow-lane/id524914395?mt=11

    Any comments would be very welcome

    Keep up with the blog. You can read Ben’s blog here: http://www.ben-miles.co.uk/My_Blog/My_Blog.html

    Chris Miles

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  2. Hi Matt

    I was very interested in your excellent trip report on S. Iberia. I have visited that area, especially the coastal parts around Faro and the Coto Donana, a number of times, even in the Winter, but have never been lucky enough to find adult Spadefoot Toads or Parsley Frogs. Do you think its more down to having the right weather conditions (it has often been very dry when I’ve been there, even in the Winter) or knowing the right spots to visit?

    Best Wishes

    Mike

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  3. Hi Chris/Mike,
    Thanks for the comments.
    Chris, your iBook is great, there is a lack of such apps available at the moment. Good work.
    Mike, during Winter both the species you mention are usually quite easy to find around coastal areas. However, Parsley frogs do have a shorter breeding period and tend to disappear once breeding is finished. Unlike the Spadefoot toads which can still be found at night throughout the Winter months. If it rains you can find Parsley frogs in virtually every small pond in this area, but as I say, they are don’t stick around for long so some luck is involved for timing,
    Matt

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  4. Hi Matt,
    thanks for your reply. I think I may have just been unlucky that it has been been dry and sunny even in the Winter when I have visited those areas!
    By the way, I don’t know if you’re coming over to Merseyside atall soon, but if you are, there has been a very bad fire at Formby dunes over Easter, and Dave would probably be glad of any help with trying to rescue and relocate emerging lizards.
    Cheers
    Mike

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