Adder emergence 2016

I haven’t been able to visit the local adders (Vipera berus) until today so far this year which is a bit later than usual. At one site 2 males and more surprisingly a female were found followed by a visit to two other spots where one individual was found at each. Both of the latter two sites seem to have very small populations these days, probably not more than 10 individuals at each location.

Common frogs (Rana temporaria) have been breeding over the past week as well.


  
  
  

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By Matt Wilson

The past few weeks..

I haven’t seen any adders yet although many people I know have seen them for several weeks in other areas of the country. A few nights ago there was a big movement of Common frogs (Rana temporaria), although it snowed only hours later. I didn’t see any newts or toads. Up on the tops I saw some nice Mountain hares (Lepus timidus) in their full winter coats and several local short-eared owls (Asio flammeus) have been showing well. One sat on a post very close to my car but whenever I stopped the car it would fly a few posts down albeit a very co-operate individual for this species. The roe deer (Capreolus capreolus) group who feed outside my apartment window most mornings have also been showing well.

My next post should feature some snakes 😉

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By Matt Wilson