Category Archives: Reptiles

‘The Life Story of the Adder’ through the Hebridean eyes of the ‘Adder King’

Roddy Maclean ‘reviews’ the remarkable 1924 publication by Lewisman Norman Morrison – in his day the foremost authority on adders. Continue reading

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‘Beatha na Nathrach-nimhe’ tro shùilean Gàidhealach ‘Rìgh nan Nathraichean’

Tha Ruairidh MacIlleathain a’ dèanamh ‘lèirmheas’ air leabhar iongantach le Tormod an t-Seòladair à Siabost, a bha na latha na phrìomh eòlaiche air an nathair-nimhe. Continue reading

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How do adders hibernate?

Our blog today is written by Bethia, one of this year’s NatureScot student placements who will be spending a year based across the Stirling NNRs: Flanders Moss, Blawhorn Moss and Loch Lomond. Growing up on the doorstep of the Abernethy … Continue reading

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Shooting frogs in the dead of night

Underwater photographer Mark Kirkland aims to bring the weird and wonderful of Scotland’s sea and freshwater life to the wider public. Recalling a mission shortly before lockdown restrictions, Mark gives us an insight into the techniques, patience and determination required … Continue reading

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Toads versus frogs at St Cyrus NNR

Frogs and toads clearly have a lot in common. For many, if not most of us, trying to tell the difference between the two is as confusing as being introduced to identical twins, called Anna and Hanna. But not for … Continue reading

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Scottish frogs under threat…enter the dragon finders

Dragon Finder is an initiative aimed at spreading the word about amphibian and reptile conservation. It brings together practical conservation, surveying, data collection and interactive educational activities and now everyone can be involved by downloading a free app to help … Continue reading

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Naturally Scottish

Did you know that we have a series of booklets – free to download on our website – covering some of the most interesting species in Scotland ?  Our Naturally Scottish publications offer an insight into the lives of what … Continue reading

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The adder man: Norman Morrison

Ask any Scottish police officer about Norman Morrison and they’ll tell you he was the co-founder of the Scottish Police Federation but it’s unlikely they’ll know he was also a pioneer in the study of Scotland’s reptiles. Along the way, … Continue reading

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Fascinating adders

The adder is the only species of  venomous snake found in Scotland. Easily identified by its dark zigzag markings it is widespread, although they are generally timid creatures and not frequently seen. Like other reptiles, they grow until they become … Continue reading

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