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First walk of the season ‘adds’ up to a great success

- Wonderfuly weather for our Adder Amble walk today

Iain Porter

Posted by Iain Porter on 09 April 2014

First walk of the season ‘adds’ up to a great success I am very fortunate to have the opportunity to lead walks on a number of subjects. This morning I was joined by 14 hardy explorers and our local adder expert, Kevin Palmer, to look for this elusive reptile.

We started off at 7am, which was a bit early for the adders but was perfect for deer and bird spotting. There were a nice couple of herds of Red deer and also a good number of Stonechats, Meadow Pipits and Skylarks singing merrily on the common. After a short walk and time for the sun to warm the ground the group started looking around for snakes and lizards which would be basking, warming up ready for a days hunting. One of our eagle eyed explorers soon spotted a female adder basking and Kevin was able to show us the interesting features of the snake, such as the vertical eye slit and superb camouflage.

 

A little bit more searching revealed a couple of common lizards and another adder, this time a male one. While the weather was perfect this morning the number of sightings of adders was low. The adder is the only venomous snake native to Britain. They are quite common on open habitats such as heathland and moorland like Quantock Common, but because of their wonderful camouflage they often go unnoticed. For more information on the adder and other reptiles and amphibians visit the Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust website at: http://www.arc-trust.org/advice/species-id/reptiles/adder

 

Many thanks to our explorers who joined me this morning and a very big thank you to Kevin Palmer for providing his expertise and time looking for the Quantock Adders.


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