It’s the 2nd day of 30 Days Wild challenge and I have attended a reptile training course at the fascinating nature reserve in Rhydymwyn near Mold, Wales.
This site was once a top secret site during WWII but now nature has taken over and NEWWildlife run great courses and events there.
Today ARC are running a course on Reptile ID and surveying in order to encourage people in Flintshire to help monitor the reptiles, and help with enhancing habitat.
In the morning we learnt how to identify the 6 native British species:
Smooth lizard (only in Southern Britain)
We learnt about the best places to spot them and what their preferred habitat is.
We then discussed artificial refugia like corrigated metal, felt or carpet that reptiles will hide under, as well as natural refugia like crevices in drystone walls or log piles.
We then learnt about surveying techniques such as, the best time of day or season to see reptiles and where to find them.
We then all went on a survey around the nature reserve, looking under artificial refugia dotted about the site.
I was so excited when I got the chance of holding a grass snake and a slow worm, both of which seemed happy to lie quietly in my hands.
It was a brilliant day and I really enjoyed it and I can’t wait to get out there looking for reptiles.