Epping Forest - August Exploring

by Christian Moss August. 17, 2017 2928 views
Grass Snake.

Grass Snake.

I was inundated with emails & messages after last weeks news about the so called fourth British species of snake.
We don't have a new species in the UK, it's just a renaming and reclassification.
So in short - We still have only 3 native snake species in Britain. The scientific name of the grass snake we have already has just changed.

Dragonflies

Dragonflies

Emperor dragonfly enjoying a Migrant Hawker for lunch.
Captured at Furze Ground.

Black Adder

Black Adder

Black Adder from my local patch.
Always a thrill to see this melanistic adder.

Brown Argus - wings open.

Brown Argus - wings open.

Beautiful Brown Argus - Wanstead Park.

Common lizard waving at me.

Brown Argus - wings up.

Brown Argus - wings up.

Brown Argus - wings up.

Jersey Tiger Moth.

Jersey Tiger Moth.

Jersey Tiger Moth captured in Wanstead Park.

I've seen loads this year.

Natrix

Natrix

Grass Snake of Epping Forest.

Neonate Lizard.

Neonate Lizard.

Neonate lizard of Epping Forest.
Great time of year to see baby lizards scurrying through the purple moor grass or basking on log piles.
You can find lizards locally at Long Running, Furze Ground, Deer Shelter Plain, Dunsmead Hollow, Copley Plain, Sunshine Plain, High Beach, Fairmead, Pear Tree Plain & the Cuckoo Pits to name but a few.

Dragonflies.

Dragonflies.

I often see emperors predating butterflies but this was a first for me.

Common Lizard.

Common Lizard.

Common Lizard seen at Furze Ground.

Herpetologist/Ecologist Ian Bradley devised a habitat management plan for this location.

It's fantastic to see the work commence, Ian himself popped down from Northumberland last week.

Grass Snake.

Grass Snake.

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Neonate Lizard

Neonate Lizard

Baby Lizard.

Neonate lizards are approximately 4 cm long and very dark brown/black in colour. Often they appear to have a dark brown body with a black tail.

Purple Hairstreak

Purple Hairstreak

A very shoddy looking Purple Hairstreak seen at Long Running.

I thought for a minute it was something new & exciting.

Horrible to see all the litter at this site.

Used condoms, dirty tissues, discarded towels and god knows what else.

Photos taken and sent along with an email to the powers that be about this so called SSSI site which gets little or no protection.

Common Blue

Common Blue

Tatty looking Common Blue - Wanstead Park.

Natrix

Natrix

Grass snake - High Beach.

This location is fantastic for Grass Snakes even though it is very busy with human disturbance.

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Heike 2 years, 5 months ago

Excellent photos !

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Andrew Wakefield 2 years, 5 months ago

Super Shots and informative and insightful comment as always. Great blog Christian.

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Glo B 2 years, 5 months ago

I didn't know dragonflies ate each other! fascinating shots of that!! great set as always!

2 years, 5 months ago Edited
Jay Boggess 2 years, 6 months ago

Wonderful series, as always & very educational, as well~ Bravo!

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Christian Moss Replied to Jay Boggess 2 years, 6 months ago
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Jay Boggess Replied to Christian Moss 2 years, 6 months ago

Your images & info are always top notch Christian!

2 years, 6 months ago Edited
Dannii L 2 years, 6 months ago

Amazing captures Mossy

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Russell Smith 2 years, 6 months ago

A couple of question as I have a lack of knowledge #3 is it poisonous? #12 is this the snakes normal eye covering or is it getting ready to shed its skin? I love the pictures a great job showing the species.

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Dzmitry Samakhvalau 2 years, 6 months ago

excellent

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