What is the Add an Adder Project?
This is a project being run by Amphibian & Reptile Conservation (ARC) aiming to collect information about the adder across Britain. We are looking at both new and old records, observations and anecdotes that help us understand where adders are and where they have been in the past.
Please note that you need not enter any records here that have already been sent to recorders or records centres.
We are sure that there is a wealth of information stored in people's minds and memories across the country. We are aiming to collect as much of this information as possible to add to the overall picture of the history of the adder in Britain. Information within the last 50 years is especially useful, but information beyond that is also of considerable interest.
With your help we can build a picture of the status of
Adders - then and now.
This project does not require you to actively look for adders, but just to
report on what you know. However, if you do see adders in the wild you
must remember that you should not approach them too closely both for your
own and for the adder's safety. The adder is a venomous snake and its
bite, though seldom fatal, can be very unpleasant and will require medical
attention. Adders are protected by law and are particularly prone to
disturbance so keep a sensible distance between yourself and the snake.
The information you give us will help ARC describe the status of the adder in Britain at present and how it has changed historically. This will compliment information from a range of other sources in a project that will run over a number of years. Regular updates will be available on this website.
then you may wish to get involved with the 'Make the Adder Count' survey.