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First Male Adder, AP, Eastleigh:

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herpetologic2
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Posted: 17 Mar 2007

Thursday 15th March - mid afternoon 

 A male adder has been spotted (by yours truly) at a site in Eastleigh, Hampshire. The earliest sighting for the site which is heavily used by local people - bmxing, model cars, dog walking etc

Its funny as the bmx track (unofficial) has provided some decent habitat for hibernation and has kept dog walkers away - this is the main area to find adders on the site

DIY banks have now covered in rough grassland and brambles which is where the adders choose to bask!

A management plan has been written for the site with the adders in mind as the site is a SINC for adders

 

JC

 


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GemmaJF
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Posted: 17 Mar 2007
I hope you kept your distance from it Jon, you wouldn't want to disturb it.
Gemma Fairchild, Independent Ecological Consultant
herpetologic2
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Posted: 17 Mar 2007

In that situation you do not need to capture any of the animals as this draws attention to them - lots of kids and other persons who would take an interest in someone capturing something - so I tend to walk through with a monocular for spotting the animals at a distance.

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arvensis
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Posted: 17 Mar 2007
That site tends to get quite busy, especially at the weekends. I think I'll pop up there in the next half hour, though it may be getting a little on the warm side.

Mark

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