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WHAT NO MORE 2008 SLOWORMS:

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AGILIS
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Posted: 25 Feb 2008
C"mon must be some more seen this year apart from me & st ricks sighting
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Vicar
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Posted: 25 Feb 2008
Nothing so far, local to me...bet no Vips either yet, just adders.
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Suzi
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Posted: 25 Feb 2008
My slow worms never appear before March. The heap they live in has been warm recently but I know from past years that won't matter as they stick to their dates.
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AGILIS
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Posted: 25 Feb 2008
HI SUZ STEVE I HAVE NEVER SEEN A SLOWORM EARLIER  THEN END OF MARCH BUT USUALY APRIL TIME ,MUST SAY  REAL WEIRD SEEING ONE ON THE 10th of FEB WHEN SNOWDROPS ARE OUT ITS MY EARLIEST SIGHTING SINCE MANY A YEAR OF LOOKING KEITH
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st rick
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Posted: 25 Feb 2008
I hadn't realised my Feb 9th sighting at Burnham Beeches was such a rarity.   When do we expect the Grassies to really get going?
Peter Vaughan
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Posted: 25 Feb 2008
I saw one out in the open 9th February (but reported it on the Adder thread by mistake).  I saw it again yesterday - it appears to have taken up residence under a felt, and is still very torpid.  I also saw the same Adder that was out two weeks ago, though it (or rather he, I think) has managed to move a few meters from its first basking site.  But the most suprising thing I saw this weekend were a lot of fat green aphids on the flower head of a "Stinking Hellebore" plant in a local woodland.  Aphid infestation outdoors in February - that does seem a bit early?  Time for Life in Cold Blood.
Peter Vaughan
armata
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Posted: 25 Feb 2008
Grass snakes will be mating before adders, and as they are income breeder they often feed and mate, sometimes on the same day. There breeding period seems to extend beyond that of the adder as well - look out for those mating balls folks!!
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Louise886
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Posted: 11 Mar 2008
I saw my first ever slow worm - it was beautiful, found it on a path in Coulsdon, Surrey by railway track.  After having a look around for more we could seen none but sadly there was a dead one in my friends garden, maybe they got confused with the weather being so weird but just thought I'd let you know! Louise Louise88639521.8231134259
Louise
Vicar
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Posted: 11 Mar 2008
Hi Louise,

Nice find !...could you please report your sighting?...here: Link

Steve

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Peter Vaughan
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Posted: 11 Mar 2008

Hello Louise

The first Slow Worm I saw this year (a month ago) looked as if it might be dead, it was very torpid - lying out in the open, not moving or responding to being appraoched, and had a red stump where it had lost the end of its tail.  However I have seen it slightly more active in the same spot (next to or underneath a piece of roof felt) each weekend since, and a second one joined it last week (pictured below).


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Louise886
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Posted: 14 Mar 2008

Hello,

Fantastic picture Peter, I was trying to take one on my camera phone but it didn't come out.  The dead one I saw had completely dried out, anyway I carried the living one back down off the path to the grassy woodland area next to it and he or she wriggled off quite happily after sitting up my sleeve for a minute!  The back garden of the friend who's house I was going to backs on to the railway line and she has seen a few so I will keep everyone posted about any more sightings/progress.  Also will report sighting on SARG Steve,

Louise


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arvensis
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Posted: 29 Mar 2008
I found my first Af of 2008 at last on Thursday.  First was a adult female under a tin at one of my local sites.  After looking around for a bit, I came across an Adder basking. Literally within 6 foot of the Adder was a adult male(I think) slowwie basking amongst the grass, the sunlight glinting off its body giving it away.

Mark

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Matt Harris
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Posted: 31 Mar 2008
1st 'active' Slow-worm I've found this year was yesterday (30th), despite checking loads of 'tins' over the last month or so. I did dig up a hibernating one in the winter whilst working on my garden (oops).
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AGILIS
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Posted: 01 Apr 2008


            hi all
 bit warmer in Suffolk this sarvo monday the 31st March
  I spotted 4 between 2pm & 230p. all large adults basking
on a railway station footpath grass verge
 almost in the town centre with people walking past unaware of their
 presence, also see two together looked like male and female
but they hopped it before I could snap them ... Ps I also see
another 2 today 10.15 am tues 1st April one was a different slightly sma
ller female keith                                                                                                                                                                             ARPRIL 1st ANOTHER HEALTHY FATTY AT 5pm ON THE   RAILWAY PATH                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

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