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Robert V
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Posted: 24 May 2010

All,

It's May (in case you haven't yet figured it out and there's not been that many numbers of reported sightings on here, unlike previous years. Are people still turning up Grassies? Or is it a question of no decent photos?

Rob


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Paul Ford
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Posted: 25 May 2010

Hi Rob,

I'd say that numbers were down at my local sites

Paul

 


tim hamlett
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Posted: 25 May 2010

hi

i haven't been out as much this year but so far only seen one grassie.

tim


herpetologic2
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Posted: 25 May 2010
Plenty of grass snakes at mitigation sites in Essex. Though
I haven't been back out on my study site in Hampshire this
year as I am finishing up NARRS protocol surveys and my
local churchyard which has had up to 109 slow-worms on it!
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Matt Harris
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Posted: 25 May 2010
I've had 3 so far at one of our monitoring sites compared with just one in five previous years of monitoring. Another site is ticking along as usual - one subadult plus one of last years' neonates last week.
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will
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Posted: 25 May 2010

Hi Rob

Have to admit I was hoping for some good pics of mating pairs/balls of grassies this spring which never happened - they seemed to have got the mating business over and done in spite of the cold winter and late spring well before the adders had got going.  So in my case at least, the lack of posts is not due to a lack of snakes - if anything I'd say I've seen more at most of my regular sites this spring than for many years (a result of high survival rates due to the sustained cold weather over the winter, I guess)

Will


dave fixx
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Posted: 25 May 2010
Had a record 13 in an hour at my local site which was very late getting going this year.Have found one at a new location today.Numbers seem to be at least as good as last year .Need to get a survey in at another local site in decent weather but early indications on that site point to normal numbers on the brief visits we have had there.
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Chris Monk
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Posted: 25 May 2010
I've seen more this spring - without going looking for them at known grass snake locations and have also had quite a few casual sightings reported to me.
Chris
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AGILIS
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Posted: 26 May 2010
Still plenty around the Suffolk sites keith
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kevinb
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Posted: 27 May 2010
Paul, I was down at your location a couple of weeks ago on a day off and met an old guy taking photos of Grass snakes. He told me that he had recently seen 35 there on one visit.
tim hamlett
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Posted: 27 May 2010

popped out to a local grass snake site yesterday pm. not ideal conditions but saw four snakes including a melanistic one. no pics i'm afraid but that's average numbers for and hours looking given the conditions.

tim


Paul Ford
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Posted: 28 May 2010

[QUOTE=kevinb]Paul, I was down at your location a couple of weeks ago on a day off and met an old guy taking photos of Grass snakes. He told me that he had recently seen 35 there on one visit.[/QUOTE]

Perhaps I just need to get some glasses


Robert V
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Posted: 28 May 2010

Mmmm,

Must just be EF down in numbers then. But I too bumped into an old guy, reckons that he saw two blokes collecting some a few weeks back and got a car reg - he told me he'd passed it onto the rangers and the old bill had got involved!!!

Wow, hope they throw the book at them when they're caught!

R


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dave fixx
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Posted: 28 May 2010
Hope so Rob or something a bit harder.
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arvensis
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Posted: 30 May 2010
I've seen the grand total of 0 this year, partially because I've not been looking for them, only been to a couple of sites where they are.   I'm also useless at spotting stuffso I may have possibly overlooked any.

Mark

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AGILIS
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Posted: 30 May 2010
Wonder we have seen anything this year freezing cold or heatwaves, you could leave hot water bottles around sites filled with ice and hotwater to compensate for the weather changes AGILIS40329.6302430556
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herpetologic2
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Posted: 01 Jun 2010
Translocated over 30 grass snakes in basildon this year - a reasonable
number considering the survey results of a few individuals over the summer
months in previous years

The animals it seems have settled into their new home - some have taken
residence on grass piles created for them - fingers crossed for successful
breeding!

J


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Mark_b
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Posted: 01 Jun 2010

First grass snake seen on the 17th of April. I am seeing quite a few on a regular basis.

One of my sites were I first saw a snake last year on the 18th of April still has no sign of any and I have been visiting it 3 times a week since mid April, worrying. This site had a hibernation site destroyed in 2008 with animals killed, but many snakes were caught during 2009. I dont know whether this harsh winter killed off snakes not hibernating deep enough? I'm sure some will turn up!


tim hamlett
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Posted: 18 Jun 2010

hi

camped at emberton country park near milton keynes last weekend and, without trying too hard, saw between 15 and 20 grassies.

tim


Robert V
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Posted: 19 Jun 2010
Good one Tim, at least they're still alive and well in MK
RobV

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