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29/05/2014 at 17:04

Knowing there was a little contretemps on a previous thread about Grass Snakes just wanted to share my pleasure at the appearance of one in my garden this pm.

I've had them in a garden in Cornwall in 1990 and more recently in France but this is the first one in this garden (Somerset). 

I am so pleased......made my day 

29/05/2014 at 17:32

That's very good to hear Philippa. They live here and I saw a couple earlier in the season but nothing for weeks

I'm a little envious now

29/05/2014 at 18:01

Sorry folks.  Just domt like snakes.  Luckily I have a walled garden.  Adders, when they hiss at me, are disturbing.  

29/05/2014 at 18:08

I love snakes   We used to get grass snakes on the small-holding - it was wonderful to watch them swimming across the pond in the top meadow, presumably after the Gt Crested Newts 

We also get adders on the coastal heaths of Suffolk near my old home - I wouldn't take the dogs there, particularly on cold summer days when the snakes might be drowsy and irritable, but watching them basking on a sunny bank in the summer was a joy. 

29/05/2014 at 18:21

That is cool Philippa I would be over the moon...

29/05/2014 at 18:43

Thanks all...........I was really pleased to see him/her

As with any animal......if it makes a noise/hisses at you, you are too close for comfort...........both yours and its...........snakes tend to avoid collision with you.......just a bit of care is needed.


29/05/2014 at 18:47

Saw one last week, sadly not in our garden, but great to see none the less. We're lucky enough to have lizards and slow worms on the allotment. Fantastic bug hunters as a bonus.

29/05/2014 at 18:57

Scroggin........glad to hear about your lizards......used to have them in Devon years ago but none so far here.  Plenty of slow worms tho........also a joy

Just coming away from Reptiles for a minute........does anyone have Glow Worms these days........used to have loads but not seen any for ages

29/05/2014 at 19:08

there was a grass snake crossing the lane outside our house last week, so I know they're around. Never seen one in the garden. Our last garden in Hants had lots of slow worms but I haven't seen them here in Devon yet.

29/05/2014 at 20:41

I'm aching to get some slow worms in our wildlife garden.

29/05/2014 at 20:59
You have a walled garden really should open it up to the public as suggested on another thread......winky face
13/07/2014 at 17:12

Guess what I've been watching in our little pond this afternoon ....  afraid the first pic's not for the sentimental ....

 Well, I think our 'new' wildlife pond is well and truly established now 

13/07/2014 at 17:19

Oh wow! That is so cool

13/07/2014 at 17:25

Amazing pics Dove.  How lucky to be in the right place at the right time with a camera to hand. 

13/07/2014 at 17:28

I saw it and snuck back into the house and grabbed the camera and then virtually crawled on my hands and knees across the grass so that I didn't disturb it.  There were lots of frogs hopping about in the garden - obviously they were getting out of the pond pronto! 

13/07/2014 at 17:32

Dove.......murder most foul.............superb photo........definite cross over from "new" to "established".............

13/07/2014 at 17:32

Fantastic Dove, he is beautiful  Poor frog, but that's the circle of life for you

13/07/2014 at 17:34

Only half a post there, it wouldn't let me type!!!  I don't know if I'd be brave enough to crawl on the grass with frogs hopping about though not scared if them as such but wouldn't want one jumping on me 

13/07/2014 at 17:34

It makes me want to dig up my garden and make a bigger pond!

13/07/2014 at 17:46

Our pond is only about 1m x 2.5m and only about 2ft deep (note the ecumenical measurements ).  

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