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Addicted to adders

Last modified: 30 July 2013

Adder curled up

Adders: captivating creature or aggressive animal?

Image: Graham Catley

Adders: captivating creature or aggressive animal?  The Eastern Moors team, in the Peak District aim to remove the myth surrounding this mysterious reptile, with a specialist discovery workshop on Saturday 24 August.

‘Adders on the Moors’, a one day workshop, will be led by David Carter from Nottingham University who will be, exploring the world of adders on the Eastern Moors, sharing his expertise and demonstrating his surveying techniques. 

The Eastern Moors are an extremely important site for adders, Britain’s only venomous snake, and the Eastern Moors team go to great lengths to protect and enhance this special snake’s habitat. 

Katherine Clarke, Visitor Services Manager for the Eastern Moors, said: “When you see an adder it can take you aback at first, but then you find they draw you in with their unique pattern and mysterious presence.  Once you have seen your first adder they can become quite addictive.

“This workshop is intended to help people discover more about the fascinating world of adders and how they survive in an inhospitable environment. It will also develop knowledge of adder surveying techniques.”

The Eastern Moors, in the Peak District National Park, are managed by the RSPB and National Trust under the Eastern Moors Partnership.  A landscape renowned for its open access and climbing edges, it is also, among other designations, a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to its national and international importance for wildlife. Animals such as the adder, water vole, short eared owl and merlin, which are all found on the Eastern Moors, are protected due to their rarity.

The Eastern Moors team want to share their enthusiasm for wildlife with the wider public, giving people an insight into the life of some of Britain’s most important species. 

Alex Bryant, Warden for the Eastern Moors, said: “The Eastern Moors are managed for people and wildlife. It is important that we provide opportunities for people to explore and discover some of the lesser known species such as the adder, so that these creatures can be better understood and therefore celebrated and protected.”

The Adders on the Moors discovery workshop will start at 10am, at Barbrook Cottage on Big Moor, finishing at 3pm.  The workshop costs £18 per person and each participant will receive a free FSC Field Guide.  For further information and to book a place, call 07738 738844 or email

Refreshments will be provided during the day. Participants should bring a packed lunch and wear sturdy footwear, long trousers and appropriate outdoor clothing for the weather.


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