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From issue:   Issue:   British Wildlife 15.5 June 2004

Beyond hypothesis – a long-term study of British snakes

By - Tony Phelps

During the summer of 1976 I recorded an Adder Vipera berus at a site near Corfe Castle, in Dorset. It was an adult female and measured 48cm. That same day, on nearby heathland, I also recored a male Smooth Snake Coronella austriaca, with a length of 45cm. 

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"British Wildlife is the pulsating heart of the UK nature conservation movement."

Matthew Oates, National Trust

"The most important and informative publication on wildlife of our times"

Michael McCarthy, The Independent

"Packed with readable, thoughtful, up to date articles; written by ecologists and naturalists for ecologists and naturalists"

Nick Baker, Presenter and Naturalist