1. ITV Report

Rare adder sighting in Lincoln nature area

Adder Photo:

A rare sighting of an adder has been confirmed in the Swanholme Lakes area on the outskirts of the Lincoln.

The snake was caught on camera by City of Lincoln Council’s Civic Chauffeur Keith Prescott on a recent permitted visit to the Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).

City Of Lincoln Council conservation staff and Natural England are excited at the spotting of the species in the SSSI but have urged the public to avoid disturbing the area.

Senior Ranger Ruth Simons said:

We are very pleased and excited at having a new species confirmed in the Lakes where the habitat is ideal for adders.

It is a fenced off area with restricted access and, if left undisturbed, adders will leave people alone so the advice if anyone should see one is just that - leave it alone, especially this time of year when they are just waking up.

– Senior Ranger Ruth Simons
The adder

Ruth said there had been unconfirmed sightings of adders in the past but that she had not seen one in the 10 years she has been working in the parks.

She added that nearby Hartsholme Country Park had very different habitat which was unlikely to attract adders although harmless grass snakes are common there.

The City Council currently has surveys of amphibian and reptile species being carried out across a number of its sites and Ruth said it was very encouraging to identify a new species.

This is good news and a positive sign that all the hard work we have been carrying out is paying off.

– Senior Ranger Ruth Simons

Following the sighting, park staff are in the process of compiling information to help visitors better understand adders with a view to putting up an information board.

Visitors are reminded to keep out of fenced off areas and to keep to footpaths with dogs on leads at all times. Adders are a declining and protected species covered by the Wildlife and Countryside Act (1981).