Epping Forest - October

by Christian Moss October. 19, 2016 2567 views

Female adder spotted October 5th.

Grass snake - Wanstead Park. Spotted in the woodland by Ornamental Water. Lovely walk around the park where I spotted 2 grass snakes, toads, common blue butterfly, 2 little egrets & a short eared owl. Not bad for October 17th.

Speckled Wood - Long Running

The deer rut is in full swing. Fantastic to watch and the noise is something you won't forget.

Stay safe during brumation & i'll see you early next year. Brumation is a term used for the hibernation-like state that cold-blooded animals utilize during very cold weather.

Common lizard basking in the autumnal sunshine. Captured in Epping Forest.

Small Copper

Red Admiral with wings up - Birch Wood, Epping Forest.

There are four sites on my local patch that I've been surveying for a number of years for the vipera berus. This year has been particularly bad. Only one female seen on site three and for the first time in years nothing on site four. I've managed to see fourteen individuals this year which is less than half of what I managed to find last year. It does change from year to year and bare in mind I'm not using any ACO (artificial cover objects). Reptiles will move around the areas due to natural changes in habitat. A local herpetologist informed me that on visual surveys you only see twenty percent of the population but it depends on the skill of the surveyor and knowledge of the site. On the plus side I've seen young adders on two of the sites. My good friend & herpetologist Ian Bradley has devised a management plan for one of the sites so hopefully things will improve for all of the forest reptiles.

If you spot any amphibians or reptiles in the UK please submit your record online via the Record Pool. www.arguk.org/recording

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Vipera Berus

Fallow deer

Roe Deer - Surrey

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Jay Boggess 4 years, 9 months ago

Thank YOU!
I'm always keen to see your wildlife shots!

4 years, 9 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess 4 years, 9 months ago

Lovely series, as always!
You never disappoint & always delight!
Nice camera work!

4 years, 9 months ago Edited
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