The Secret Life of the Adder

The Vanishing Viper

Nicholas Milton

In 2019 the most comprehensive survey ever of adders was published. According to ‘Make the Adder Count' the species will disappear from most of Britain in the next 15-20 years unless we take action now to save it.
Date Published :
August 2022
Publisher :
White Owl
Language:
English
Illustration :
120 color illustrations
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Binding : Hardback
ISBN : 9781399018166
Pages : 168
Dimensions : 9.6 X 6.7 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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Overview
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In 2019 the most comprehensive survey ever of adders was published. According to ‘Make the Adder Count’ the species will disappear from most of Britain in the next 15-20 years unless we take action now to save it. But despite being a priority conservation species under the Biodiversity Action Plan, not a single nature reserve in Britain has been specifically designated to protect it.

Throughout our history we have systematically persecuted the adder over generations because it is Britain’s only venomous snake. Now the adder population is in dire straits, its rapidly declining numbers occurring on increasingly small, isolated and fragmented sites. According to Make the Adder Count 90% of the sites where it still occurs have 10 or less adult snakes and are now considered to be very vulnerable to local extinction.

Despite the adder population being in dire straits, it is still not too late to save it if we act now. This book contains a 10 point adder action plan which if implemented could help to restore the adder to its former range across Britain. Using many unique photographs of the species published for the first time, it also contains a history of the adder and reveals its secret life which has made it the most successful snake in the world. With a foreword by Iolo Williams, the BBC Springwatch presenter, this book is a story of our times, one which typifies the age of extinction through which we are all living and are all responsible.

About The Author
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Nicholas Milton is a military and natural historian specializing in the Second World War and conservation who has written for The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, The Daily Mail, The Independent and Britain at War magazine. His paternal grandfather Herbert Milton served with the Royal Flying Corps during the First World War and as a professional magician and member of the Magic Circle entertained the troops during the Second World War. His maternal grandfather Herbert Sweet fought with The Wiltshire Regiment in Palestine during the First World War and was an Air Raid Precautions warden during the Second World War.

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