Amphibian & Reptile Travels

Monthly Archives: March 2014

Having spent a lot of time in Greece, I am very familiar with the Little owl (Athene noctua) which is very common there and have spent many an afternoon watching them on the Greek islands. They are probably the easiest owl to watch largely thanks to their habits of sitting out during the daytime, especially when the weather is warm. However, I see them far less in England although it is now… Read More

Although I haven’t had a lot of time to dedicate to Herpetology so far in 2014 I have a couple of small-scale projects which will take me back to Greece in the coming months. Corfu: unfortunately due to scheduling conflicts I won’t be able to conduct my usual work with the Durrell School of Corfu this year but I will be visiting the island in late May to continue my own research… Read More

It’s all in the title really. Today, I saw five familiar male Adders (Vipera berus) in warm, calm weather but although sunny in most places it was cloudy at the site. On Saturday, I ventured out with Carl and in quite windy and cloudy weather we saw 12 males. Much needed weekend in the field! Sunday Saturday    

Last night, after a wet and mild day, amphibians were moving in quite large numbers close to the pond in my village. Usually, the newts arrive first, then the frogs and then the toads. Last night all three species were moving towards the pond, with bucket and torch in hand I moved over 50 Common frogs (Rana temporaria), 6 Common toads (Bufo bufo) and 5 Palmate newts (Lissotriton helveticus). Many hibernate in… Read More