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    Posted: 07 Aug 2015 at 4:46pm
I am looking for evidence as to how much adders need/prefer access to ponds/wetland features in their habitat.
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Will, I guess one of the things is how far they will travel to get to such places. I know of adders that live where there is no obvious water feature or damp ground. Adders living on cliff faces are often in quite dry conditions. Maybe if the food supply is adequate in dry places there is no need to seek out damper places.
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I have always seen plenty of adders in the past that live pretty close to some of Studlands wetland keith

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Some of our adder sites are close to ponds and marshy/fen type areas where there are a lot of small mammals and some people have seen adders swimming in these places. However other sites are in dry locations with no wetland or water within hundreds of metres.
The best two sites in terms of numbers are of course one from each habitat type - a completely dry area and a site by a stream and important valley fen. However for the latter site after a decade of recording they have moved this year to a drier area up the valley side a couple of hundred metres from the fen and stream.
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also see some on to the beach near the Sand banks ferry many years ago when it was quieter late evenings and mornings
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