Over the summer I spent a month in Slovakia before I headed to Egypt in August to start a new job. During my time there I saw a wide variety of wildlife, but the true highlight came right at the end when I met an Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx) one evening. Truly the highlight of all my European wildlife watching over the years!
This encounter was a combination of good information and extreme luck. It started when we were hiking up a mountain to reach around 2000 metres when my friend Andrej bumped into an old school friend of his on the hike up. He saw our lenses and asked if we are interested in wildlife. On that particular day we were looking for Alpine marmots (Marmota marmota) but then the guy told us that he had seen a Lynx the previous day hunting rabbits at the edge of a forest in an open field. We assumed that this was probably a one off encounter but we marked the place on Google maps in any case. The next day the guy messaged Andrej to say that he had seen the Lynx again that evening! So two sightings in two days at the that spot….Keep reading
This site was created in 2009 in order to share information and photography of field Herpetologist Matt Wilson as well as trip reports, photography and conservation of reptiles and amphibians. I have been conducting field trips since I was 15 years old and now at 34 I have gained invaluable experience thanks to over 50 excursions on the European continent and other parts of the world such as Latin America, North Africa and South-East Asia. The areas that I mostly visit are Greece and Spain, as I have a love for the Mediterranean herpetofauna. In particular I have been visiting Greek islands since I was very young and I find the diversity and ecological adaptations of species here very interesting.
Recently, I decided that it was time for the website to evolve from The European Amphibian & Reptile Blog to Amphibian & Reptile Travels. This is because I have now started traveling further a field to explore different aspects of my interest in herpetology and therefore the site would need a wider coverage of visits to other places outside of Europe. In addition, I am also interested in almost all other kinds of wildlife but I especially like watching and photographing mammals and birds. I currently live on the island of Phuket in Thailand but later in 2021 I will move to Egypt to start a new adventure.
CONTACT: firstname.lastname@example.org NOTE: This is not a page where I organise or advertise wildlife tours. This is a page were I merely share my own trips to different parts of the world to search for wildlife.
“When Matt spots my eye shine in his torchlight and approaches me, he does so without excessively shining the light into my eyes. Likewise as a delicate amphibian, he doesn’t handle me with his bare hands. He only takes a limited number of photos to avoid too much flash in my eyes! Overall he is a top bloke!”
— Long-nosed horned frog (Megophrys nasuta)
“Matt is a wonderful field naturalist who respects the animals and the environments he visits. When he visits myself and other adders he uses a zoom lens to take photos of us ‘in situ’ to avoid disturbing us during important times of the year. He also does not trample our habitat and if he does flip any rocks, he replaces them carefully. “
— A Lancashire Adder (Vipera berus)