Adders on Mull
Thank you very much to Ewan Miles from Nature Scotland for this informative post about Adders on Mull.
Watch your footing…
The Isle of Mull is home to Britains only venomous reptile, the Adder. As you walk the moors you might be lucky to encounter on of these secretive snakes.
Adders are not aggressive at all, so a bite is very unlikely, however;
– Never intrude on their space, keep your distance.
– We recommend that you stay at least sssssss-ix metres away from the
snake. This distance enables great binocular views and camera opportunities.
– Keep dogs under control at all times.
– If a bite does occur, seek medical or veterinary assistance immediately.
Other things to note…
– Whilst Adders have a large range across the UK, recent heavy declines especially in central England, mean it is of major conservation concern.
– The Adder could all but disappear from the UK countryside by 2032, according to new research conducted with the help of citizen scientists. The findings, published in The Herpetological Journal, are the culmination of 11 years of nationwide monitoring and showed that 90% of adder populations surveyed were declining.
Ewan lives locally and offers a series of different wildlife excursions. We highly recommend doing one of his tours. Read about a day out with him in this lovely blog from regular guests Folkert and Nancy.