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Slow worm

Observed: 23rd March 2011 By: Sarah Hobbs
OPAL Community Scientist
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Slow worm

This was a really interesting story. The slow worm turned up in Hull, East Yorks, having shown up in a bag of compost that had been collected in a garden in Scotland! I was brought into the loop and we managed to rehome him on a Natural England reserve in North Yorks. Thanks to NE for their help with this. Photo taken by Steve Hiner of Natural England. Full story can be seen on the main OPAL website

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Slow worm

If it's from Scotland will the Yorkshire slow worms understand it, or he them?

Good plug for OPAL incidentally. Your 40 year old toad popped up on iSPot the other day.

Graham Banwell

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Slow worm

Hi Graham,

Yeah I know, there may be an accent barrier! Of course the most ideal solution would have been to take it back to its garden in Scotland, but as that wasn't possible hopefully we've found the next best thing.

Thanks for spreading the word about the lovely Hull toad by the way - isn't she great?!