Following on from the 7 species of reptiles seen in Dorset I completed the full set with Grass SnakeNatrix natrix on my home patch. Again Matt came across and we headed off to the nearest Grass Snake spot and quickly saw 2 perhaps 3, unlike last time they were in good condition having recently shed. We then headed over to an Adder Vipera berus site and found 2 males with a neonate CommonLizard Zootoca vivipara en-route. The next day we headed over to Merseyside to look for Sand Lizards but could only find juvenile Common Lizard, Smooth NewtLissotriton vulgaris, Common FrogRana temporaria and Common ToadBufo bufo. We also saw a few interesting insects.
From August 10th-17th I had a week in Swanage Dorset with my daughter Sasha. Obviously I couldn't go all that way to the best herping county in England without having a look for some wildlife, but my main aim was to try and get some decent photos of Sand LizardLacerta agilis. I also did a fair bit of cycling ( you have to do something whilst waiting for a teenager to rise from their pit) as well as visiting some more touristy places. The weather was ok most of the week but rain Thursday afternoon enforced cancelling a trip to Brownsea Island. In the end the only reptile I didn't find was Grass Snake.