Local Species

Local observations from North England

Although the area in which I live is not particularly rich in amphibians and reptiles, I do spend some time searching for them, usually in the spring or the autumn,and often in the company of herper friend Carl Corbidge. This can involve going out on the first warm rainy nights of the spring to help frogs, toads and newts as they venture across roads to their breeding ponds, or surveying adders and other reptiles as well as taking plenty of photographs. If you would like to get involved with working with and helping in the conservation of species in your area contact your local Amphibian and reptile group. In the north of England where I live the following species can be found, specifically in Lancashire, West Yorkshire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Cheshire and Derbyshire:


Amphibians (Amphibia):

  • Common frog (Rana temporaria)
  • Edible frog (Pelophylax esculentus) I
  • Marsh frog (Pelophylax ridibundus) I
  • Common toad (Bufo bufo)
  • Natterjack toad (Bufo calamita)
  • Common midwife toad (Alytes obstreticans) I
  • Smooth newt (Lissotriton vulgaris)
  • Palmate newt (Lissotriton helveticus)
  • Great crested newt (Triturus cristatus)
  • Alpine newt (Ichthyosaura alpestris) I

Reptiles (Reptilia)

  • Viviparous lizard (Zootoca vivipara)
  • Sand lizard (Lacerta agilis)
  • Slow worm (Anguis fragilis)
  • Grass snake (Natrix natrix)
  • Adder (Vipera berus)

To view previous posts I have made about species in my local areas, please click on the following links below. I hope to keep this page updated with new posts and photographs of the amphibians and reptiles found a little closer to home.

All photos (C) Matt Wilson 2014

If you have seen a reptile in West Yorkshire, Lancashire or Greater Manchester please fill out the details below as we would be grateful to hear what you have seen and where you have seen it.



2014 local observations

Adders and Little owls

Life under a mat

Up on the moors

Long field weekend

Adder weekend

Amphibians on the move

Adders are tough up north, oh aye duck!

2013 local observations

The season is coming to an end already…

Late Summer update


13th June: grass snakes



Two firsts for 2013

Snow adders!

A second winter is coming

The first brave adder emerges

2012 local observations

“That’s one big pile of…”

Late summer adders

First female adder of 2012!

Adders slowly adding up

A first real spring day

And so the madness begins..

2011 local observations

The gravid female that still hasn’t dropped!

Summer weekend in the field

Lizards of all shapes and sizes!

A first in three months

Summer weekend with a bit of herping

Field day: 18th June

Adders bring sunshine on a wet weekend

Easter field weekend

Adder update!

Herping with the father!

Sunbathing snakes

Amphibian army, and goodbye to my most reliable travel companion!

Toads on roads, and lots of them!

Field day: 27th March

Which snake is good at sums? ADDERS!!!

Cold nocturnal wanderings

And they’re off…

2010 local observations

Alpine newts in Yorkshire!

Field night: Amphibians in the rain!

Field day: 18th September

What is so special about this Common toad (Bufo bufo)?

Reptile field day 🙂

Toad walk 🙂

Amphibian crossing rescue and first reptile of 2010!

Frog walk

Frogs and newts on the move!

2009 local observations

Field weekend: 12th September

Spring has arrived

2 comments on “Local Species

  1. Hi

    Would you be knid enough to let us use one of your adder photos for a public poetry reading in Devon in a couple of week’s time? We’d credit your photo. We need a high res jpeg, preferably of 2 adders, so the pic of the several adders emerging after hibration could be good.


    Pat F


  2. Hello Matt, are you a consultee for the West Pennine Moors SSSI designation . ?
    ive sent an email to you

    Glynn Haworth
    Water Resources
    United Utilities


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