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Peter Vaughan
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Posted: 06 Feb 2010

I visited my local Adder site this afternoon, just in case the 9C temperature and intermitant bright sunshine had tempted any reptiles out.  I saw what appeared to be a very pale medium-sized slow worm out on the surface, in amongst the dead bracken.  On closer inspection the animal was in fact lying with its ventral surface uppermost and unfortunatley appeared to be dead.  It was not obviously injured or decomposed and therefore perhaps it had emerged from hiberantion a bit too early and succumbed to the cold.


Peter Vaughan
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Posted: 12 Feb 2010
I admire your optism Peter keith
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Jonathan
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Posted: 12 Feb 2010

[QUOTE=AGILIS] I admire your optism Peter keith [/QUOTE]

He's not the only one.  We live in hope


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Peter Vaughan
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Posted: 13 Feb 2010

Yes it was optimistic to go out looking last Saturday, given the recent weather conditions, but

- In 2008 my first Adder sighting at this site was on 9 February;

- if you don't look you won't find and;

- good reptile sites are usually good for other wildlife, so always a chance of seeing something interesting, even on a cold winter day.

Having said that there are limits to my optimism - with no more than 2C, grey sky and some sleet I haven't looked today!

Peter 


Peter Vaughan
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Posted: 16 Feb 2010
Hi Peter yes 2008 february in shirt sleeves and managed a shot of a sloworm the earliest Id ever seen before in that year keith
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Suzi
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Posted: 15 Mar 2010
Been checking my slow worm compost bin for 2 weeks now and no sign of any slow worms. Usually out the first few days in March so I hope they're OK.
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clare
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Posted: 28 Mar 2010

Hi All

I saw my first Slow Worm of the year at Portland in Dorset yesterday.  Also one Wall Lizard there.

Clare


AGILIS
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Posted: 28 Mar 2010
WELL SPOTTED CLARE KEITH
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tim-f
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Posted: 28 Mar 2010
One on Mendip today.



tim hamlett
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Posted: 11 Apr 2010

many thanks to will for the help.

spent weekend visiting in-laws in hertfordshire and managed to get them all out for a walk in the woods on saturday. this rather large male was basking on top of a pile of rubble, garden waste and brash. he was very friendly and really impressed the kids.

thanks again will.

tim


will
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Posted: 12 Apr 2010
No worries Tim, glad you had success!  Was the male in the area I suggested ?

Cheers

Will

tim hamlett
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Posted: 12 Apr 2010

hi will

yes it was. i'm sure we would have seen more given a bit more time but the guys i was with were happy just to see one then go to the pub!

tim


ST24
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Posted: 12 Apr 2010

Last week, in good weather-

Single one under tin with 2 adders at "my"  site near Borth, mid Wales.

One very small one + 2 adults in my "other" site  by my caravan near Tregaron, mid Wales. I counted 40 ish here last summer, as per my photos on other thread.

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ben rigsby
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Posted: 30 Apr 2010
thanks for great pix guys. some are really interesting and if theyre not true "in situ" i dont care.
Diversity.
tim hamlett
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Posted: 18 Jun 2010

hi everyone

sorry for resurrecing an old thread but i came across this pic my partner took on her iphone of the big slowie we found (and photo'd in situ) in baldock and i was surprised by just how big it was.

tim


dave fixx
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Posted: 19 Jun 2010
that looks huge Tim
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will
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Posted: 20 Jun 2010
Tim - if that's your hand in the photo, that's astonishing!  I'll have to go back to Baldock and try and find one for myself!

Cheers

Will

tim hamlett
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Posted: 20 Jun 2010

 lol

sorry. couldn't resist a bit of mischief. that's my 9-year-old son's hand. still a big old thing though.

tim


will
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Posted: 20 Jun 2010
Still looks big - but I fell for it!  Still, that's what you get from someone who lists synchronised swimming as an interest...

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