Sitting out enjoying the sunshine on the 9th June I spotted a cat peering too closely into the long grass below the apple trees. I shooed it away and went to look for myself. Out slithered a slowworm, ten inches long and determined to cross the short grass. here he is:
Sadly another did not fare well at the allotment yesterday. I was transferring compost to a bed to enrich the site for courgettes, and I noticed three inches of wriggling slowworm tail. I had cut one in two with the spade. Had to slow down and work more carefully after that. The next one I found was put to one side whilst I moved the remaining compost.