The last meeting held before our Summer recess, when we have a break until mid September, was an excellent slide show illustrating David Alred’s talk on ” Pennine Snakes, Reptiles and Amphibians”. For the past 30 years David has become particularly interested in various aspects of local wildlife and made in depth studies of a wide range of topics, one of which was the subject of this mornings talk. His interest in snakes started back in 1980 with the discovery of a dead adder in the Washburn Valley and over the years he has built up a comprehensive library of photos illustrating the habitat, behaviour, physical characteristics and life history of these animals. It was amazing to see the contrasting appearances between the male and female snakes. David then talked about Slow Worms, Lizards, Frogs and Toads and finally Grass Snakes. We learnt that there is a colony of non-British Grass Snakes in Esholt that probably originated in Eastern Europe, possibly released from captivity and have since made a success of life in the wild.
Our meetings will restart on September 19th when we hold our AGM, after which we embark on another full programme of interesting talks .