The gravid female that still hasn’t dropped!

I had a brief hike up on the moors today, but with ridiculously strong winds, I held little hope of finding any reptiles. First, I spotted three Kestrels (Falco tinnunculus) hovering and swooping down into the fields, they didn’t seem to mind the wind too much. Then a Sparrowhawk (Accipiter nisus) flew overhead and landed in the wooded area in front of me. Minutes later I spotted a female Adder (Vipera berus), usually most females should have given birth by now, but this one hadn’t and was clearly trying to get as many rays of sunshine as possible, despite the gale-force conditions.

Female adder (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson

Female adder (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson

By Matt Wilson