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Welcome to Make the Adder Count 2018. Started in 2005, this long-running survey aims to encourage springtime counts of adders, with the objectives of informing local conservation projects/interests and gathering a long-term surveillance dataset.

Thank you to all the volunteers who have returned their data from 2017 and are helping to build up the dataset. We are now delighted to be able to present the results of the first 10 years, which were presented jointly by volunteers Emma Gardner (OxARG) and John Baker (Suffolk ARG) at the 2018 Herpetofauna Workers Meeting. pdf You can download a copy of the presentation here (2.42 MB) , and we will be working towards a full publication later in the year.

Make the Adder Count encourages experienced observers to gather data in a standardised way (by making at least three and, ideally, five or six counts of adult snakes basking after emergence from hibernation) so that information may be pooled to build a picture of trends in adder populations nationally.

The project is being co-ordinated by ARGUK. To take part please contact Chris Monk at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To Take Part in Make the Adder Count

You can now enter your data online directly onto the record pool. This means your data can be immediately added to the database and you will be able to visualise your records.

You can also download the MTAC forms for 2018 here:

document MTAC Form 2018 (91 KB)

Survey notes and additional information can be downloaded from here

pdf MTAC Notes 2018 in Word (143 KB)


MTAC has been generously supported by:

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