Grass Snake evidence unearthed

Today Rhys, Callum and I found a skin that had been sloughed by an adult grass snake measuring 85cm. It’s great to see one of the purpose built habitat piles being used, where we’ve piled grass cuttings on top of logs.

Thanks to Chris Bean who monitored the reptiles at Moor Green Lakes, we also know of grass snakes / skins elsewhere within the reserve. Simon and Adrian also spotted an uncommon adder last month near the barn owl box. The snake skin will be laminated, a rather bizarre process but great at preserving it, so I can show it to school groups.

Sloughed Grass Snake Skin

Sloughed Grass Snake Skin

Ranger Stuart

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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