Sunday, 23 March 2014

Can we save the adder from extinction in middle England?

The decline of the adder is one of the great conservation crises of our age, but it’s not too late to save it

“It is the bright day that brings forth the Adder. And that craves wary walking,” wrote Shakespeare in Julius Caesar. But if he was alive today, the bard would no longer have to be wary of walking on an adder as it has disappeared from his home county of Warwickshire and now faces extinction across the whole of middle of England in the next 5 years.

The decline of the adder is one of the great conservation crises of our age. As well as Warwickshire it is now thought to be extinct in Nottinghamshire and is on the verge of extinction in Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and Greater London. The unprecedented rain and flooding which we have experienced this year and controversially the spread of buzzards could just be what pushes the species over the edge.

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