Posts Tagged ‘adders’

Advance notification of forthcoming events

February 21, 2020

A couple of dates for your diaries if you’re interested in adders or want to learn about fungi.

Friday 24 April 2020 is our Annual Meeting and we are looking forward to a presentation from Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust about a proposal to reintroduce adders to Nottinghamshire.  Ben Driver from NWT and Hannah Bond (Nottingham Trent Uni.) will talk about the decline of the species across Nottinghamshire (and now understood to be extinct in the county), which is an unfortunate trend and reflected nationally.  Read more from ARG UK

Adder M&F GB mw - web

Friday 13 November and Friday 4 December 2020 are both dates when Wildlife Training Workshops will deliver “An Introduction to fungi”.  We are fortunate that Sheffield mycologist Carol Hobart, and a British Mycological Society member will tutor people in this fascinating topic.  The programme is still to be finalised but it will involve a presentation, a local foray and a classroom session.


Details for all three events are still to be finalised, so keep an eye on the website/blog.  If you are interested in any then you can also register an interest to receive more information via  



Observations & advance notifications

February 7, 2017

It seems a long time, last year in fact when we last posted anything.  To regulars who missed us, sorry.  To newcomers or just casual browsers of blogs welcome and here are a few items of potential interest:


The first adder of the season has been seen, the second earliest record of the year since modern records have been compiled.  Three mature animals were seen on Friday 3 February basking in the sunshine, this after a couple of days of mild weather.  They were well hidden amongst the bracken and leaf litter and test the skills of the experienced naturalist to locate their likely location.   Will this be an early season or will inclement weather cause them to retreat underground again?  Image: Martin Warne.

Raptors have been showing well for those prepared to put in the hours and legwork, with some superb views to be had.


Peregrine (above) and Merlin (below) Images: Martin Warne


Advance notification of our Annual Meeting

Friday 31st March 2016 (Thorne)

Speakers include Lucy Ryan (York University) who enthused, enthralled and educated us last year with the initial findings from her tagging of Thorne & Hatfield Nightjars.  We are delighted that Lucy has agreed to come back and provide us with an update.

Further details to be confirmed include a second speaker, the venue and timings.

There is no charge for people who work with the Forum but donations would be most welcome and will be used to support the tagging and research being undertaken by Lucy (tags are expensive and thus far have only had a 50% recovery rate, which is actually considered pretty good).

Anyone interested in attending is asked to contact

Other events involving the Forum include:

Peatlands for Birds is another in the series of Wilder Visions Conferences organised by Dr Ian D Rotherham and his team.  6-8 September 2017, Sheffield.  More information is available by clicking here.

The Yorkshire Naturalist’s Union Annual Conference Yorkshire’s natural history societies – for naturalists, for nature, for the future is being held in York on Saturday 8 April 2017.  For more information including details of charges and booking form click here.  The Forum have been asked to present their work and involvement with the safeguarding of Inkle Moor as a case study, so come along and discover more about the hidden gem of a forgotten fen.

Those readers interested in butterflies and moths might like to consider purchasing a copy of Ron Moat’s magnus opus?  Available at £7.  176 pp including 42 colour plates of species recorded from Thorne Moors.  Copies can be purchased from the Thorne Times office in Thorne or contact about postal copies (postage charged at cost). Copies will also be available to purchase at the Annual Meeting (details above).


Add a bit of sunshine ….

May 13, 2013

You have to know what you’re doing and know your patch but you also have to have a degree of luck to be in the right place at the tight time and importantly to have your camera at the ready and when you do ….

Adders 'dancing'. K. Smith (1)

Then you have some wonderful memories capturing magical moments and recording animal behaviour.

Adders mating. K. Smith

Thanks to Steve for sharing Kath Smith’s photographs (above) of adder activity on Hatfield Moors.

Whilst most visitors enjoy the experience of encounters with enigmatic wildlife there are others who, sadly feel that such creatures have no place, they are poisonous and might hurt their pet dog (who all too often are roaming free) so they take the law into their own hands and ‘cull’ protected species.  If you witness incidents then please take notes and photographs and report it.

081119 Dead adder HM

If you’re interested in amphibians and reptiles then an interesting website to visit is the Amphibian and Reptile Groups of the UK unfortunately there isn’t an established group near to Thorne and Hatfield Moors, now there’s a challenge for some committed volunteers ….

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