Walking through the marshy grasslands at Ynys Hir in Wales, John spotted a grass snake quickly slithering away. We thought we had missed the perfect opportunity to, for the first time, properly observe a grass snake. How wrong were we! As we stood and looked, we started to see more and more snakes appear in the area. They are so well camouflaged that at first they are tricky to see, but a rustling through the dead leaves is always a giveaway. For the first time we were able to watch, not only one, but at least seven different grass snakes. One even slithered past John’s feet! Some people fear snakes, but we were very close to these gentle grass snakes and not once did they pose as any threat to us, in fact, they were more fearful of us.
There are three different snakes in Britain (strangely there are no snakes in Ireland). The grass snake which can be found locally at Apedale Country Park in Newcastle under Lyme, the adder which is our only venomous snake which can be found at Cannock Chase in Staffordshire, and the smooth snake. The best place to see a smooth snake however is the New Forest.