Today , it was Reptile and Dormouse survey time again , up on the Greensand Ridge .
Two Grass Snakes were recorded , this one enjoying the sun , the other under a refugia .
Five Slow Worms , one adult and four of this year's juveniles , identified by their small size and the dark dorsal marking , running it's full length . Just two Adders , both males , the rest probably already hibernated .Two pairs of Yellow Necked Mice were found in the Dormouse boxes ,and I managed to get my clearest shot yet of the yellowish collar that gives them their name .
Four Wood Mice were also recorded , three together under one regugia , but I wasn't quick enough with the camera , and they dispersed at speed to all points of the compass .
Regarding Dormice , I was expecting just the odd torpid specimen to be found , and was surprised to find 12 in the first 50 boxes , with 3 being the most in a single box. It was good to find several of what were probably , going by weight , this year's juveniles in different boxes from last month , but still pretty close to where the were born . Their weight was about 13/14 grammes , but some had obviously been making the most of the Autumnal harvest , and weighed in at 33 grammes , like the one above . 'Posting' these individuals back into their boxes took a bit more time .The other 20 boxes produced another 5 specimens , including this little fella , making 17 in all on the day .
As we made our way back to the car , a few spots of rain started to fall , and on reaching the car , the heavens opened . Great timing to finish a successful day .