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Old Monday 15th April 2013, 19:31   #26
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I'm probably off down Bournemouth way next weekend. Do green and wall lizards come out later as they're are used to sunnier climes? I intend to have a look for the rarer species as well.
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Old Monday 15th April 2013, 20:57   #27
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Still no Common Lizard on the Wirral but the sun brought out Common Toad in ridiculous numbers. I was doing my WEBS count and there were Toads everywhere, including pairs, in amplexus, in puddles you could walk through in flipflops without getting your feet wet.

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Grass snake, 2 Common Lizard (1 clambering in reeds above standing water!), marsh frog at Dunge on Sunday
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Old Tuesday 16th April 2013, 08:02   #29
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I'm probably off down Bournemouth way next weekend. Do green and wall lizards come out later as they're are used to sunnier climes? I intend to have a look for the rarer species as well.
In a normal year, Green is active from early April, Wall from Mar. This isn't a normal year, mind.
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I'm probably off down Bournemouth way next weekend. Do green and wall lizards come out later as they're are used to sunnier climes? I intend to have a look for the rarer species as well.
The Wall lizards are out 12 months of the year Steve. You wont have any problems with them. I saw my first of the year on January 30th and I wasn't the first! The Greens don't seem to be out yet and there are few other reptiles about yet. In saying that it has warmed up and a bit of sun this weekend could bring them out.
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Old Wednesday 17th April 2013, 22:27   #31
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The Wall lizards are out 12 months of the year Steve. You wont have any problems with them. I saw my first of the year on January 30th and I wasn't the first! The Greens don't seem to be out yet and there are few other reptiles about yet. In saying that it has warmed up and a bit of sun this weekend could bring them out.
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If you hear any more please let me know. Hoping this warm weather has brought them out. Looks like it'll be sunny - although not that warm this weekend - so I'm still planning to give it a go.
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Old Thursday 18th April 2013, 20:01   #32
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If you hear any more please let me know. Hoping this warm weather has brought them out. Looks like it'll be sunny - although not that warm this weekend - so I'm still planning to give it a go.
If the wind is from the north at all it won't matter as the steep slope faces south and will be sheltered.

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Farnboro John, James H and I enjoyed pool frog (plus common frog & common toad), Alpine newt (plus the three native newts) and wall lizard today at an open day at a site in SE London. Fab.
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Marsh Frogs active at Rainham today.
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Old Saturday 20th April 2013, 19:37   #35
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2 smooth snakes,several slow worms, common lizard and wall lizard today, in Dorset. Failed to find sand or green lizard. Trying again tomorrow.
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Red-eared terrapin - Lower balancing pond, Keyhaven today; showing well - it's been there a few years and is now quite a size!

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A pic of Great Crested Newt and one of an Adder from the RSPB site in Sussex.

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Nipped down to Dorset to give Steve Babbs a hand looking for Green Lizards this morning. Luckily one of the locals put me on two and one of them hung around for him.

Steve then showed me a new site (to me) so by the end of the morning we had Slow-worm and Wall, Green, Common and Sand Lizards.

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Nipped down to Dorset to give Steve Babbs a hand looking for Green Lizards this morning. Luckily one of the locals put me on two and one of them hung around for him.

Steve then showed me a new site (to me) so by the end of the morning we had Slow-worm and Wall, Green, Common and Sand Lizards.

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Much appreciated John! I stayed looking for sand lizards until about 2. I failed to see anymore. Views of the earlier ones were frustrating. so sadly I've still failed to photograph this species.
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Old Sunday 21st April 2013, 20:35   #42
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wow great shots. Anyone know how the wall and green lizards are doing? are they just isolated populations or are they properly established now?
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Old Monday 22nd April 2013, 20:32   #44
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Nipped down to Dorset to give Steve Babbs a hand looking for Green Lizards this morning. Luckily one of the locals put me on two and one of them hung around for him.

Steve then showed me a new site (to me) so by the end of the morning we had Slow-worm and Wall, Green, Common and Sand Lizards.

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It worth saying that it's quite likely that I would have not seen green lizard without John's help. I went with very vague gen; I'd advice anyone going to get 'tight' gen!
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How widespread is Alpine Newt? We appear to have colonies here in Lothian which originated from laboratory animals which were released.

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How widespread is Alpine Newt? We appear to have colonies here in Lothian which originated from laboratory animals which were released.

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Lets just say that even I know that where I saw them is just one of a number of possible sites!

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Old Tuesday 23rd April 2013, 01:39   #47
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How widespread is Alpine Newt? We appear to have colonies here in Lothian which originated from laboratory animals which were released.

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We have an old record of Alpine Newt here in Northamptonshire. Not been to have a look yet.
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Old Wednesday 24th April 2013, 15:43   #49
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Interesting thread, thanks folks.

I can add three Great Crested Newts seen in a well known site near Reading on 19th April.

Hoping to look for more species this year as I have quite a few gaps and I will let you know if I find another Black Adder John...
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Plenty of Slow-worms under tins NE of the visitor centre at a reserve in Sussex where the RSPB has recently become involved.

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