Scottish Adder Survey Launched

Adder in dry grass
Alan Robertson

Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (ARC), NatureScot and the Amphibian & Reptile Groups of the UK (ARGUK) are looking for support from farmers, land managers, land owners and crofters across Scotland with completion of a Scottish Adder Survey!

There is growing evidence of a long-term decline in adder populations in Britain, especially in England, although the situation here in Scotland is less clear, highlighting the need to better understand adder distribution and conservation status.

The adder is the only widespread native snake occurring in Scotland and the last systematic survey of adders in Scotland was undertaken almost 30 years ago in the early 1990s.

The adder appears to be especially sensitive to changes in land management and land use. Better information on the current conservation status of the species and on population trends would help us to minimise the risks to adders arising from significant threats, for example, climate change impacts.

This survey takes less than 10 minutes to complete and no personal data and address are not required.

The survey is focusing on the locations on your land where you have encountered these reptiles but is no need to go out and look for these species, just report what you have seen.

You can access the survey here

Links to the orgainisation involved below: