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Reptile Ramble at Kirkconnell Flow a great success

posted 21 Apr 2010, 07:34 by Mark Pollitt - SWSEIC   [ updated 21 Apr 2010, 07:59 ]

A guided walk on Friday 15th April at the Kirkconnell Flow National Nature Reserve once again proved a great success in highlighting the regions reptiles to the public.  Seventeen members of the public joined walk leaders by Mark Pollitt (DGERC) and Alan Steel (Scottish Natural Heritage), seeking out Common Lizards and Adders on the reserve.  The event was part of the Dumfries and Galloway Wildlife Festival.  The weather smiled on us, with unbroken sunshine throughout the morning.  All group members had excellent views of basking female Common Lizards, and an obliging juvenile basking part way up a gorse bush.  Adders proved a little more elusive, though a female partially showing amongst the grassy vegetation gave everyone a view.  An adventurous participant also found two others basking, though not viewed by the group.  The refugia for monitoring proved less successful, with the only Adder basking on top slipping away into the undergrowth before anyone could see it, although a couple of people did spot it slithering away at their feet. 

Nonetheless an enjoyable time was had by all, and a Comma butterfly near the car park capped a very fruitful event.