Monday, 3 March 2014


45 to be precise! That is the total of individuals we saw today in one recording area for the Derbyshire Amphibian and Reptile Group. The big question is; how many did we miss??

Not all individuals were photographed but the one's that were accommodating and where not covered by too much bracken or grass I did manage to get a shot.

It is not all plain sailing though as the heat of the day got more intense the Adder's themselves became more active and any slight movement near to them and they were soon off, so it became apparent that viewing from a distance was a must and the binoculars came into there own.

What is alarming is the number of people that are going into areas that may contain Adders and are just trudging all over the place, the vibration of which sends the Adder back into cover. Yes I agree they are nice to look at and photograph but PLEASE view from a distance, if then you can approach and all is well get the picture and leave. If you are unsure of what you are doing then ask this question; Should I be here?

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