Spent a great morning with lizard expert John Newton as a few of us at Coast and Countryside got genned up a bit more on Sand Lizards.
John and the team are ensuring the new path from Ainsdale Village to the NNR doesn't have an adverse effect on any Sand Lizards in the area, and as an accredited agent to handle the lizards if absolutely necessary, I welcomed a bit of a refresher on id and the behaviour of the superb beasties.
John brought along some captive bred animals, including this gorgeous male - look at the green on that missus!
Interesting to see the variety in colour the lizards can display, and learn more about successful reintroduction schemes using "Merseyside" Sand Lizards in North Wales etc.
All too soon we were out again cleaning up the tonnes of litter left on the coast over the hot weekend, although by the end of the afternoon conditions had deteriorated into serious autumn hooley territory.
As a fading memory of good weather then (I think it'll be awhile before we feel the warm again), here's a Red Admiral and Comma, several of which were basking on the ivy at Dempsey Towers on Friday afternoon.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...