Today was Dormouse and Reptile survey day up on the Greensand Ridge . The highlights of the day's surveying were , The two young families of Dormice found on the last survey , nearly 5 weeks ago , were found safe and well , and looking as if they were ready to leave the box . The picture is of one of the 'pinkies' that I posted after that last survey . The combined weight of the four was 3/4 grams then , today each one weighed in at 9 grams , and with plenty of food about , should make a good weight , hopefully ensuring a safe hibernation over the coming Winter . It would have been nice to post a 'four in hand' shot from today , but it was hard enough to get a shot of one in my holding pot , especially without flash . The reptile results were not as good on the first site , just a few Slow Worms , and the same at the second , but whist on that site , recorded an immature Migrant Hawker resting on a Silver Birch sapling , and for the first time this year , I managed to get a shot of a Pigmy Shrew found under one of the refugia .The third reptile site produced an unusual Slow Worm , in that it was almost as fat as male Adder for the first two thirds of it's length from the head , before thinning down to an average size towards the tail . Interestingly , another similar specimen was found later on another site . This site also produced the first Adder of the day , a female enjoying the sun , in amongst the Gorse .Found in a damp area , Weeping Widow-Lacrymaria velutina ,and a Russula sp. , probably R.cyanoxantha var.peltereaui , a green version of The Charcoal Burner .Out in a meadow , Field Parasol-Lepiota procera , 35mm. film cannister for size comparison .
One of several moths disturbed on the survey , I think this one is Engrailed , but I will be put right if it isn't . Needless to say , I wasn't right . Thanks to Dean and Josh for the correct identification - Mother of Pearl .
A Labiate growing in another damp area , which I believe is Red Hemp-nettle-Galeopsis angustifolia .The last site proved best for reptiles , with female and 2 male Adders being recorded . One of the males was still in full breeding colours . He also appeared to have sloughed recently , the cast off skin was found close by . The site also produced one adult and four juvenile Grass Snakes , two of the juveniles pictured .