Amphibian & Reptile Travels

Monthly Archives: April 2015

Within my local area human activity over the past few centuries has resulted in the vast majority of adder populations being lost due to habitat destruction, management of moorland for grouse hunting through burning, gamekeeper paranoia or through the fluctuations in predator populations, most notably the common buzzard (Buteo buteo). The latter has flourished in recent decades and although a delight to see commonly in the skies once more they do take… Read More

I haven’t seen any slow worms (Anguis fragilis) so far this year and I had the best opportunity at a lowland site which is well managed and surveyed for this secretive reptile. Turning mats and pieces of tin put down for the lizards we found a total of 15 adults as well as a few common lizards. Many thanks to Mark Cozens once again for his expert guidance at the site. On… Read More

Trip report from our trip to the Greek islands of Kos and Kalymnos will be online shortly. Greece has had quite a severe winter with lots of cold and wet weather which made this trip quite difficult with many days of less than ideal conditions. That being said a modest 17 species of amphibians and reptiles and 81 species of bird were found during the trip. Smashing!

The day before I flew to Kos, Carl and I decided to visit a site for adders (Vipera berus) which we had visited previously in 2014. It was rather a hot day so we started early. First up was my first Grass snake (Natrix natrix) of 2015, soon followed by 24 male and 1 female adder. In addition a couple of common lizards (Zootoca vivipara) were crawling in the grass. Back home… Read More