Amphibian & Reptile Travels

Monthly Archives: September 2015

I haven’t been out very much recently due to a busy start back at work. Adder (Vipera berus) numbers are gradually dying off, 14 females in one visit a month ago is now down to about 5 each visit. Still no sign of any newborn snakes although juvenile common lizards (Zootoca vivipara) have been quite visible. In addition, nice views of a long-eared owl (Asio otus) was a nice encounter at dusk… Read More

As mentioned in my previous post, 2015 has been a great year for many species, especially adders (Vipera berus). I always wondered, what are these birders on about when they say that good seasons for owls depend on if it’s been a “good vole year” and I have actually seen this myself this year for the first time. It has been a good vole year. This has benefited the local adders as well… Read More