New life on the Reserve

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Muir of Dinnet National Nature Reserve

Most new life on the reserve happens in the spring; it’s the time you think of young animals and birds, and all the plants coming into flower. But some animals will give birth at the back end of the year. There can be various reasons for this- they might be exploiting the glut of food in autumn, or even arrive into the world preparing to shut down for the winter. This is the case with the adders. all those pregnant females aren’t pregnant any more – sometime during the last week, they gave birth and we were fortunate enough to see half a dozen tiny adders this week.

Baby adder, already well-marked with a black zig-zag Baby adder, already well-marked with a black zig-zag

Baby female adder Baby female adder

They are such perfect miniature replicas of their parents it’s hard to tell how tiny they are. To try and give you an idea, the female above is just below the middle of this picture, just above…

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