An adder has been sighted close to the Shire Way entrance to Wapley Bushes Nature Reserve (as you cross over the railway bridge and walk down the footpath towards the reserve).

While the adder is the UK’s only native venomous snake, it is not necessarily a cause for concern since they are generally shy and retiring as opposed to being aggressive. That said, they should not be deliberately approached, disturbed, provoked or upset, e.g. by someone trying to touch, catch or handle them.

If you or your dog are unfortunate enough to be bitten by an adder, please seek immediate medical / veterinary help.

Poster with photo of an adder and warning message about adders basking in grass.