Welcome to the LDV NNR ringing blog, this blog is designed to share the experiences, findings and tales from a group of dedicated ringers. We specialise in conservation orientated research projects, largely focusing on wildfowl, waders, owls and birds of conservation concern, in and around the Vale of York NNR's.

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Tuesday, 19 April 2016

16/04/16 - Adders

The warm spells of sunshine at the end of last week brought out some of our Adder population on Skipwith Common – with a total of six different individuals recorded on the heath. This is the most we have recorded before in one day. It was pleasing to see so many, including two of last year’s young, along with two adult males and two adult females. All the snakes were found amongst the bracken and heather, soaking up the sun’s rays, along with several Common Lizards. 

Picture below is one of yesterday’s individuals showing the cloudy eye, which means it won’t be long before it will shed its skin. Prior to shedding, the skin of a snake becomes duller and its eye will change and become cloudy or opaque, which is caused by a milky fluid which the snakes secrete between the old skin and new skin. Snakes shed their skin in one long piece, which we occasionally find left on the heath. If you are fortunate enough to come across a sighting of an Adder or Grass Snake then please watch from a distance, and leave your record in the log book provided.

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