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Lottery funds Herefordshire "What's that snake" project
Female adder
More information is needed on adders and slow worms

A project to record endangered snakes and reptiles in Herefordshire has been given a £50,000 Heritage Lottery grant.

The "What's that snake?" project will survey the snake and reptile population in ten areas across the county.

Volunteers will be trained to recognise adders, slow worms and other endangered species, and their sightings will be fed into a database.

Forty schools will get posters, worksheets and interactive DVDs to raise awareness of the campaign.

Female adder
No one in the UK has died from an adder bite since 1975

The campaign is a collaboration between the Herefordshire Amphibian and Reptile Team (HART) and Herefordshire Nature Trust.

The areas to be surveyed include the Malvern Hills Area of Outstanding Beauty (AONB), the Wye Valley AONB, Ross-on-Wye, Goodrich, the Mortimer Forest Trail area and Kington.

Few sightings

When HART produced their Amphibian and Reptile Atlas, in 2006, they found there were very few records for reptiles, particularly for adders and viviparous lizards.

Transmitter fitted to a male adder
A male adder fitted with a tracker for a project in Worcestershire

By providing training and raising awareness, Hart and the Herefordshire Wildlife Trust hope volunteers will be able to locate and record more of these secretive creatures.

There are also plans to hold a series of community road shows, with dedicated advice and visual displays to further spread awareness.

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