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Vicar
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Posted: 29 May 2008
Not too long until they start laying. The occasional test burrows starting already.



Pic from this afternoon, just before it poured on me .
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Posted: 30 May 2008
Have you been out much recently Steve?   I haven't had the chance to get to my Woolmer sites for quite a while, just been too busy doing other stuff.

Mark

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Posted: 30 May 2008
Hi Mark,

Similar here...at least no time on my Todd. Have taken out a few groups, did a successful photography day and will be spending this weekend teaching reptile survey protocol to ecologists.

Hopefully it'll be a good system, they get professional training and CV building, we get professional surveys done, and decent records, maybe a rare win-win situation :P

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Posted: 31 May 2008
Well its nice to see a mutually beneficial situation taking place.    If I do get a free Saturday somewhen and you're not busy, we could sort something via e-mail?

Mark

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Posted: 17 Jun 2008
Got back from France today, and took a couple of hours out on the Common to chill. Saw four gravid females test digging within a few feet of each other...and some interesting behaviour...





One female was clearly dominant, and at one point pulled a female out of the hole she was digging, throwing her aside, and took possession of the hole and continued to dig...never seen that before !

This pic is of the dominant female coming in for the attack...




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Posted: 17 Jun 2008
supurb shots Steve never been lucky enough to capture this on camera but I have seen them copulating at Frensham in the days when  you were lucky to have a brownie camera on your person.keith
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Posted: 17 Jun 2008
I have seen this dominance thing at Furzebrook a few times. Also the other side of the coin, I once saw two females digging within 30cm of each other and then they calmly swapped places and laid in each others burrow!!
I think I included it in an article in BBC Wildlife mag a few years back.
When they are diggin and if you lie still you can get real close to them. Makes you wonder how many get predated when burrowing.
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Posted: 17 Jun 2008
BTW Steve, did you get to do any 'adder photography"??
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Posted: 17 Jun 2008
[QUOTE=armata]BTW Steve, did you get to do any 'adder photography"??[/QUOTE]

That's what I went out for!..but didn't see a single adder in a small area that I know has at least 20 individuals. Weather was hot and windy, so not ideal. Will try again tomorrow morning.

Also got sidetracked by the Sandies...and got sun burn on the back of my legs from lying still with a camera for a couple of hours .

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Posted: 10 Aug 2008
The camera has totally failed to capture the beautiful colouration of this Sandie today.




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Posted: 11 Aug 2008
Hi steve glad to see you are still seeing them, havent had alot of time this year in surrey but had some good local snake slough sitings lol keith

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Posted: 24 Aug 2008
At last...they are starting to appear.

Extra nice, is this is at a re-introduction site, and proof of breeding !

I wouldn't have thought this one was more than a couple of weeks old.




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Posted: 25 Aug 2008

great stuff steve

i've never had the pleasure of seeing one 'in the flesh' but those baby sand lizards really are exquisitely beautiful.

tim


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Posted: 27 Aug 2008
Was over at a Woolmer site and the weather was for a better word - crap!  Only saw some Zv.

Steve, are you going to be out herping Saturday?

Mark

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