Heatwave…

With hot weather forecast for at least the next two weeks I decided to spend some time in the field this morning as this could signal the end of my observations of local herps this summer. In quite nice weather I found a small female Adder (Vipera berus) sat on a small path, one Common lizard (Zootoca vivipara) and three slow-worms (Anguis fragilis). As for amphibians I really went to town with a pile of wood that had been stacked and underneath it all I found two Great crested newts (Triturus cristatus), four Smooth newts (Lissotriton vulgaris), two Common toads (Bufo bufo) and a Common frog (Rana temporaria). With the predicted heatwave on the way I expect a considerable reduction in activity over the coming weeks but at least us humans can finally enjoy some strong rays of sunshine that will apparently be comparable to those in the Mediterranean!

Female Adder (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson

Female Adder (Vipera berus) (C) Matt Wilson

Slow-worm (Anguis fragilis) (C) Matt Wilson

Slow-worm (Anguis fragilis) (C) Matt Wilson

Great crested newt (Triturus cristatus) (C) Matt Wilson

Great crested newt (Triturus cristatus) (C) Matt Wilson

Smooth newt (Lissotriton vulgaris) as found in situ  (C) Matt Wilson

Smooth newt (Lissotriton vulgaris) as found in situ (C) Matt Wilson

And a different one  (C) Matt Wilson

And a different one (C) Matt Wilson

Common toad (Bufo bufo)  (C) Matt Wilson

Common toad (Bufo bufo) (C) Matt Wilson

By Matt Wilson