The life and lies of Callum Stone

The reptile life of Ynyslas NNR


My office for this summer is at Ynyslas National Nature Reserve working as a warden for Natural Resources Wales, and quite like last year, it’s hardly your average 9-5 job! Part of my job out on the reserve is to monitor the reptile populations due to an ongoing sand lizard re-introduction project throughout the UK. However, sand lizards seem to be about as elusive as rocking horse blood… or is it shit from a stone? Either way, they’re difficult to find and I’ve only caught a glimpse of one since working at Ynyslas. Part of the job also means photo-monitoring of whatever I see when I’m out and about so hopefully I’ll have plenty to show for it as the season goes on.

A Common Lizard found in the dunes whilst on a Reptile survey

A Common Lizard found in the dunes whilst on a Reptile survey

The first Common Lizard of the season.

The first Common Lizard of the season.

 

A fresh Adder slough

A fresh Adder slough

An Adder seen whilst out on a survey.

An Adder seen whilst out on a survey.

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