Today I made a return to the Wyre to take another look at it's reptilian inhabitants. I arrived at Dry Mill Lane around 11am and walked along the disused towards the coppice. Along the railway line a pair of Grey Wagtails were flitting about and occasionally perching up on the low branches of the adjacent trees. I enjoyed watching these for a while until they took off and headed down the embankment towards Dowles Brook.
At the coppice I soon picked up on 'Stumpy', the ♂ Common Lizard without a tail that I saw the previous week in the same area. This time he was sitting out on the wooden tree stump basking in the sun.
Common Lizard (Zootoca vivipara ) - 10th March 2014
Some way along the same ride I picked up on my 1st Adder of the day in an area where I haven't previously observed one. This wasn't the most photogenic of Adders due to it's position half under the bracken but I took a few record shots all the same.
Adder (Vipera berus) - 10th March 2014
Also basking on the bracken along this stretch was a rather stunning Small Tortoiseshell butterfly. I've got to say it's good to see a few flutters now on the wing!
Small Tortoiseshell (Aglais urticae) - 10th March 2014
A bit further along on my walk I was lucky enough to find a Slow Worm half hidden under some vegetation, my first of the year. Again not the most photogenic but needless to say record shots ensued. Personally I think that Slow Worms are always nicer to see when they are basking in the open than under a tin or roof felt sheet.
Slow Worm (Anguis fragilis) - 10th March 2014
On completing this part of my walk I bumped into fellow wildlife blogger Mark P (http://doorstepbirding.blogspot.co.uk/) and local wildlife artist/illustrator Matt L (http://www.matthewlissimore.com/), needless to say much wildlife nattering ensued. After a while Mark had to scoot but Matt and I went back to see the Slow Worm and then on to another spot in the forest where a number of Adders had been seen basking. We were in luck and 5♂ Adders were showing and, by keeping a respectable distance and not disturbing them with our vibrations from walking around, we were able to get some great views and nice photos. It was a real privilege to see these majestic creatures in all there glory!
Adders (Vipera berus) - 10th March 2014