There are a handful of corrugated sheets of metal at specific locations at the western end of the reserve, with the intention of putting lots more around in the future. This method is a simple way to view certain reptiles and obtain where they tend to reside as the sheets provide a perfect place for them to bask under. Slow worms are the most common reptile seen under these sheets but on this occasion a handsome Grass snake was observed. The Grass snake is Britain’s largest snake and are harmless. They do not have a venomous bite and when threatened, they will either play dead or squirt a foul smelling substance from their anal glands. Grass snakes are normally found near water as they tend to feed on frogs, newts and toads and are excellent swimmers.
When the reserve team have more sheets out, we will obtain a greater understanding to where the most productive areas are.