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Walton
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Joined: 29 Nov 2004
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Posted: 02 Feb 2005

Hi there,

 

I'm going to be carrying out my MSc dissertation on the adder population of a raised bog - Flanders Moss in Stirlingshire - to see whether the habitat requirements of the species can be incorporated into management plans for such sites. Other than looking at vegetation structure, water level and tree and scrub cover, i was wondering whether there is anything else i should be looking for.

 

Any general advice would be much appreciated also. Cheers

 

Walton 


Tony Phelps
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Joined: 09 Mar 2003
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Posted: 02 Feb 2005
I have been studying the adder population on a raised bog in Central Wales (Cors Caron NNR). The adders here hibernate jusr a few cm above the water table.
Also, quite unusual that the bulk of the diet is the common frog, although there is also a very good population of common lizards there; usually preyed on by young snakes. There are no grass snakes on Cors Caron, although they are sympatric on Borth Bog Nr Aberytswyth, some 20 miles away.

Tony
Walton
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Posted: 03 Feb 2005

Cheers Tony,

Do you have any tips for getting the most out of this project as far as the surveying goes? I was thinking the best surveying time may be a bit later than normal as i am further north. What do you think?

I have a copy of your report in British Wildlife which is proving very useful and any further help would be great

 

Many thanks

Jon


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