Gary Powell, Head of Reserves for Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (https://www.arc-trust.org), spent a good few hours at UWNR today, on the back of the adder sighting in early April. He gave me some good advice to manipulate the habitat to increase suitability for this species - cutting sunbathing mini-glades to enable the adders to sunbath.
During his walk around the reserve we came across this wonder - so newly hatched it couldn't fly...a Four Spotted Chaser.
As a follow to Gary's visit the day after saw many Four Spotted Chasers emerging and drying themselves in the bright warm sunshine. Hopefully not too many were predated by birds and we see this species in abundance hunting around the lake at UWRN.