Snaky Snakes

As may you know Snaky Lane is home to a couple of reptile species, although that’s not how the site got its name.  You may have spotted what look like discarded pieces of corrugated iron and roofing felt dotted around the site. They serve an important purpose in giving our reptile friends somewhere safe to hide whilst getting their bodies up to temperature from the spring sunshine.  A quick peek under one of the tins on Sunday revealed this beautiful sight – two grass snakes (green) and two slow worms (brown). Proof that our reptile population continues to thrive.  There have also been sightings of common lizards in gardens close by, although as far as we are aware, we’ve never seen a common lizard yet on Snaky Lane although we are sure there must be some.  Have you ever seen a common lizard on Snaky Lane?

Photo - Sue Dent

Photo – Sue Dent



About blackwatervalleycountryside

The Blackwater Valley is located on the borders of Hampshire, Surrey and Berkshire and runs for approximately 30km from the source near Aldershot, northwards to Swallowfield. At its confluence it joins the rivers Whitewater and Loddon. The Loddon eventually flows into the River Thames near Reading. Work in the Blackwater Valley is co-ordinated by the Blackwater Valley Countryside Partnership on behalf of the local authorities that border the Valley. Despite being surrounded by urban development the Valley provides an important green corridor for local residents As well as the Blackwater Valley Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a small part of the Basingstoke Canal SSSI, three nature reserves within the Valley catchment and many other areas have been recognised for their ecological importance. The local planning authorities covering the Valley have designated 31 other areas as ‘Wildlife Sites’.
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