All this hot weather means the Sand Lizards on the dunes are showing pretty well at the moment, but you have to get your eye in, otherwise your closest encounter is likely to be hearing a rustle in the marram (or at least in the marram that idiots haven't burnt), as one of the miniature Komodos scarpers ahead of you.
Many thanks then to Dave Pennington for sending me his shots taken earlier in the week - as ever, the frontal dunes around Shore Road at Ainsdale are a good area to check, and the Queens Jubilee Trail opposite Weld Rd ain't bad either.
Dave's shots are of a fine male, plus female and juv Sand Lizards - great blunt nosed critters....
Really must get out for a rummage while the good weather lasts - Common Lizards are basking as well now, and Natterjack spawn strands are hatching already.
Quick look at the Sands Lake today produced singing Willow Warbler, Chiffchaff and Whitethroat, with cuckooflower blooming and a Reed Warbler chuntering away - can't remember the last time I heard the latter at this site, if ever, so that was good.
Thanks again for the pix Dave.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...