Sunday 7 April, 9.00am – 12.00pm
N.B. This event is now fully booked, but there may still be places on the waitlist. To join the waitlist, follow the link to Eventbrite below, click on ‘Register’ and follow the instructions.
With John Grundy
Location: Ladycross Quarry, Slaley, Hexham.
Join herpetologist John Grundy for a walk through woodland and heathland on the lookout for reptiles, such as adders and common lizards.
Accessibility note: Although the distance of the walk is relatively short, the location for this activity has very rough and uneven terrain that can also be steep and boggy in areas. We recommend that attendees wear suitable clothing for the season, preferably waterproof, and appropriate walking shoes/boots.
What to expect: we will be taking a short walk along a well graded forest road, which leads onto heathland with good edge habitat, then going off the track into thick heather, following windrows from forest felling activity. This includes tree stumps and branches lying around on very uneven ground. About 100 metres off the roadside, we drop into a sheltered gulley with south facing slopes. These are steep-sided with logs, stones, and rotted timber; and covered with bracken and islands of heather. A small stream runs through the gulley with dense rush growth around it, so it can be wet in areas.
The total distance is no more than half a mile from where we park.
Children are welcome. Please do not bring dogs.
Booking essential. To book, please go to Eventbrite here.