Adder birth and others
I spent a morning out in the field on Saturday, Carl picked me up and headed to a good spot for Slow-worm (Anguis fragilis). This reptile has a discontinuous distribution up north, although a lot of this could be down to lack of dedicated searchers. We quickly found 5 specimens, including a gravid female. Next up was some open moorland where Carl quickly found a grass snake (Natrix natrix) and a female adder (Vipera berus). Close to where we saw the adder I spotted a newborn specimen sat out in the grass, on closer inspection we found another 7 babies within a radius of about three metres. This is the first time I have seen newborn adders, likely only a day or so old. After this nice encounter Carl found another (bigger) grass snake, we saw another female adder and then had fun photographing good numbers of accommodating common lizards (Zootoca vivipara) along a drystone wall. Thanks to Alan and Neil for their help searching in the field after bumping into each other out doing the same thing.