NARRS reptile survey, Moore Nature Reserve, Warrington (2013)

Lucky me!  I was allocated Moore Nature Reserve for my survey square in the 2013 National Amphibian and Reptile Recording Scheme, or, to be exact, part of Moore Nature Reserve.  For those of you who don’t know it, Moore Nature Reserve is one of Warrington’s premier nature watching sites and very popular indeed with birders as well as hosting educational trips for everyone from scouts to fungus experts.  My surveys are now complete for the year and here are the results…

I haven’t surveyed for amphibians, as the wardens have that covered already (lots of sticklebacks and no newts apparently), but have surveyed for reptiles in suitable habitats across the east end of the Reserve.  The site supports potentially ideal habitat for grass snake in particular, with lots of ponds and lots of amphibians, but it’s also possible that slow worm or common lizard might turn up.

Pond at Moore Nature Reserve

After a recce and numerous survey visits in varying weather conditions, the only herpetofauna I’ve seen is some frogs under an old bit of corrugated metal.  Still, it’s not all bad, maybe we could introduce reptiles at the site to give future surveyors something to look at ?!  And it’s a lovely place to go for a walk, always something new to see, whether butterflies, birds, plants……


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