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Any luck with adders?
Yes, two seen on the common, outside the YWT reserve, but no pictures taken.
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I saw about 16 on monday but all in the YWT reserve and none in areas I used to find them before the "management". I don't live near any more so it was my first visit for a year. What a change...
Yes...it looks very different. Give it a year or two, though, and it will be really good again. It had got to the stage where thick birch scrub was really taking over the open heathy areas and the heather was being shaded out, so it needed doing.
Although it may look better in a few years, it has been extremely badly planned, was extremely heavy handed and carried out at the worst possible time of year when reptiles are most vulnerable and I fear it may have had a permanent effect on the adder population. Several snakes were killed as a result and someone who witnessed the "management" and found the bodies estimated that 50-100 adders may have been killed. This is illegal and the matter was reported to the police, however as this was done in the name of conservation, nothing will come of it. Unfortunately this is a common occurrence that reptiles are not considered during habitat management. The fact that adders (and other reptile species, not to mention great crested newts) were present on the site is widely known but was not considered.
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Forestry Commission plantation being returned to wooded heathland