UPDATED: After visits on the 8th and 11th April, two females have also joined the group of three males at one site. Although none of the males have sloughed their skin yet which means there won’t be any courtship behaviour for now. I have also created a “UK Adder diaries” page onto the blog.
ORIGINAL POST: Recently I visited two adders site, one which I mentioned previously which is suffering from high amounts of disturbance and another which is less well known fortunately. I have even received word recently from a colleague who says that a man offering an “adder photography workshop” was seen at the site with a cooler box. The idea being that adders are placed into the cooler box so that his participants can pose the snakes (once they are too cold to move properly) into any position they want. I am beginning to loathe certain sections of the wildlife photography circle due to this cruel and damaging way of conducting their business.
Despite this, six male adders were enjoying the sunshine and at the second location three regular males were doing the same.
2 responses to “Spring time adders and adder page!”
Matt can nothing be sorted re the ‘coolbox idiot’, surely he has no right to do this as he is probably a complete novice,trying to make a quick buck.This has to be stopped immediately and highlighted to the powers that be.Name and shame the culprit if need be.This has really got my blood boiling…
Unfortunately Paul all of this disturbance is going on at the spot where we looked for adders. People are passing out information about the site far too freely, I simply point out to people who are there that adders in this area are rarer than almost any local bird of prey species. Most are only taking photos which is fine, but some grab them with rubbish picker tongs, some grab a female and put it with a male so they look like they are “courting”. And of course there is the cool box fellow who thankfully I did not meet. Let me know by email if you have similar experiences up there, or perhaps we could meet there at some point. Cheers, Matt