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.
Emperor dragonfly enjoying a Migrant Hawker for lunch.
Captured at Furze Ground.
Black Adder from my local patch.
Always a thrill to see this melanistic adder.
Beautiful Brown Argus - Wanstead Park.
Common lizard waving at me.
Brown Argus - wings up.
Jersey Tiger Moth captured in Wanstead Park.
I've seen loads this year.
Grass Snake of Epping Forest.
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.
I often see emperors predating butterflies but this was a first for me.
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.
You can also find me on other platforms.
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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.
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.
Tatty looking Common Blue - Wanstead Park.
Grass snake - High Beach.
This location is fantastic for Grass Snakes even though it is very busy with human disturbance.