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It may be that I'm looking back with rose tinted spectacles but 30 years ago going for walks at this time of year in suitable habitat in suitable weather in Kent I could more or less guarentee seeing 10+ adders, often basking on the paths. Whereas on recent walks for several hours each in sutiable habitats in ideal weather conditions in 'hotspots' of reptile distribution in surrey there was just one adder at each site and a few lizards.
The kent sites I could also more or less guarentee seeing no other people whereas there has been a huge increase in 'dog walkers' certainly plenty of these at the surry sites and I was wondering if this might be a reason that there were no adders basking on paths but that can't be the whole story.
wonder if there is any data on change in numbers of snakes in different parts of the country and whether my impression is correct or not.