“Sadly there are indications of a decline in UK adder numbers,” adds Foster. “We have lost populations to habitat destruction, lack of management and persecution. Our last major survey, via our National Amphibian and Reptile Recording Scheme, found adders in only 7% of survey areas.
In Kent, adders have been recorded in just over 10% of surveyed 1 km squares, so perhaps a little higher than the national average. We still need more records though.
If you see an adder in Kent this year please let KRAG know!
I don't know what it is about journalists, but adders are venomous not poisonous...