Adder or Common European Viper, a snake with black, zig zag markings
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Venomous Adder, Common European Viper, Vipera berus A visit to the dramatic sea cliffs of Porthgwarra, one of Cornwall’s best seawatching and bird migration places, produced a real mix of wildlife. Out at sea hundreds of Manx Shearwaters and Auks … Read More

Signs of Spring in Cornwall
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Flowering Blackthorn, active overwintered butterflies and migrant birds such as House Martins and Wheatear have all been recorded in the last few days. And if this wasn’t a sign Spring is here then basking Adders certainly are! For me they … Read More

Unexpected wildlife sighting at Trevose Head, Cornwall
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Bright sunshine and strong north westerlies provided great sea watching conditions at Trevose head last week. Manx Shearwaters and Auks were plentiful while on land there were migrant Wheatears. And so what was our most noteworthy sighting ? A Common … Read More

Coastal walk from Gorran Haven to Dodman Point, Cornwall
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As the sun broke through reptiles emerged to warm up beside the south west coast path. We passed two boldly marked male adders, Vipera berusand, and one Common Lizard, Zootoca vivipara, out in the open soaking up the sun. I … Read More

Adders at Porthcurno Beach
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During a trip to Porthcurno Beach, Cornwall last week the sun actually did come out! In fact it shone for most of the time and to prove it this adder was seen sunning itself beside the coastal path. Despite the … Read More

British amphibians: Palmate Newt
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This juvenile newt was discovered when weeding the flower bed. But which of the three British newts is it? Having excluded the Great Crested Newt because of its rarity status in Cornwall and darker colouration, it was down to trying … Read More

What type of lizards are most common in Cornwall?
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The Common Lizard, like this one seen at Windmill Farm on the appropriately named Lizard Peninsular last week, are the only lizards likely to be seen in Cornwall. However, we bumped into a chap the other day who said he’d … Read More

Adders in Cornwall 2012
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This large male adder was seen basking in the sun beside the boardwalks on the Windmill Farm Nature Reserve on the Lizard peninsular in Cornwall. Compared with April last year, when we seemed to be tripping over them wherever we … Read More

British reptiles: Common Lizard or Viviparous Lizard
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The Common Lizard, also known as the Viviparous Lizard, is the only lizard likely to be seen in Cornwall although there are attempts being made to introduce the Sand Lizard (Lacerta agilis) to the county. This one was sunning itself … Read More

British snakes: Adders
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It’s not just the sunshine of this Indian Summer that makes it feel like spring as Adders, the only venomous snake in the British Isles, are once more out in the open sunbathing. We came across several at Windmill Farm … Read More

Common Toad
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Welcome in the vegetable patch anytime since the Common Toad eats slugs and other pests. Insight into Common Toad (Bufo bufo): widespread throughout the British Isles but not found in Ireland, this amphibian has an excellent defense strategy against being … Read More

Adders in Cornwall
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We’ve met several people recently who have always lived in Cornwall but tell us they haven’t seen an Adder before, until this spring! There do seem to be many Adders around at the moment. This female was basking in the … Read More

What’s that snake curled up on the path?
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Adders seem to be everwhere we go in Cornwall at the moment – see Is this the Most Southerly Snake in Britain? post a little over a week ago. This pair were curled up amongst the heather at Kynance Cove … Read More

Is this the Most Southerly Snake in Britain?
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A Lizard Adder – sounds like a new species! Whilst photographing Brassica Shieldbugs (Eurydema oleracea) on a warm, south-facing bank on the cliffs at the most southerly tip Britain, on The Lizard peninsular in Cornwall, a stunning male Adder moved … Read More

Lizard Lizard
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Our first lizard on The Lizard was this Slow Worm warming up on the South West Coast Path near Kennack Sands. Insight: Although often thought to be a snake, the Slow Worm (Anguis fragilis) is in fact a legless lizard. … Read More

Signs of Spring: Frogspawn at College Reservoir near Falmouth
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The first Frogspawn we’ve seen this year was at College Reservoir, Falmouth, Cornwall. Insight: Clumps of Frogspawn may contain as many as 2,000 eggs. However, very few of the emerging tadpoles will survive to become adult frogs. Disease, drought, predation … Read More

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