My first close encounter with an Adder - proud to say this one and a female now over-winter in a habitat pile I created :-)
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Nice photo, did you go out looking to photograph adders or was this photo a quick reaction to one you found by chance? Last time I saw one was when walking along a woodland path - first I saw my dog jump over something on the path, then my son (who was about 4 at the time) also jumped over it, then I realised what it was!
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Thanks kitenet. It was a chance encounter but I knew there were Adders in that area so had camera with me. I'm a gardener/groundsman on a private estate where I look after 30 acres with all sorts of habitats; lots of wildlife on site and will add some more 'spots' soon. Had a similar experience with an Adder, was walking my dog and bosses' 2 dogs when all 3 jumped a stick - nearly had heart-attack when saw what it was!
Glad to see you using ISpot, love the photo, looks like it is about to lunge towards the camera!
I thought you might be interested in the following:
BTCV York and York University's OPAL project are offering free certificated identification courses on the following:
â€¢ Insect ID (26th-27th May, and 26th-27th June)
â€¢ Grassland Plant ID (10th-11th July)
â€¢ Bird ID and Bird Ringing (24th-25th July)
Courses will feature local experts and each will run over 1Â½ or 2 days at the BTCV office in York and on sites around York (minibus transport provided from the office). Please contact BTCV for details. Open to anyone 18 or over.
Limited places are available on each course â€“ please contact BTCV to register your interest and book a place.
Contact Chris Scott on 01904 644300 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Office Address: 3-7 Leake Street, Off Lawrence Street, York. YO10 3BR.
Thanks Rose, that sounds interesting will look into it - funny actually since i,ve cleared brash from some areas in winter have quite a few plants/flowers coming through now that i don't know! If get time take 'Rose' I'd book out but some are tricky! Had two Common Spotted Orchids last year - got four this year :-) Would be good to do ID course to help. X
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