With some decent weather over the weekend (in fact too nice) I went out to do my first big Adder Vipera berus
survey. I set off early on Sunday and went to my first spot where i've had a max of 5 so far. I quickly found 7 males and 3 Viviparous Lizards Zootoca vivipara
. I moved on expecting some big numbers but only another 1 where I would normally expect another 7-8. I headed off to another area, here I met Tracy and Paul regular surveyers who were also down on numbers for the day. Tracy had seen a snake the week before that she thought was a female but didn't get a good enough look. Sure enough it was out along with a male and a juvenile, one further male gave 12 for the day, we searched some other areas but it was way too warm.
I was off work on Monday and went out again. I had a total of 16 for the day 13 males, 1 female and 2 juveniles, 13 snakes were additional to the day before, giving a total of 25 for the 2 days, 21 male, 1 female and 3 juveniles. The female is the earliest date that I have had one by about 10 days and it was interesting to see that 3 young are still associating with her (assuming she's the mum).
There were also lots of birds back up on the moors, Skylarks
and one of my favourites Lapwings Vanellus vanellus
3 males together © Carl Corbidge
Female © Carl Corbidge
1st Juvenile © Carl Corbidge
2nd Juvenile© Carl Corbidge
3rd Juvenile © Carl Corbidge
Lapwing © Carl Corbidge
Frogspawn© Carl Corbidge
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