Despite the cool breeze, it was hot enough in the frontal dunes at Ainsdale to make it worth a quick look for Sand Lizards this evening after work.
Dave Pennington had scored eight during the course of the day, with a further five Common Lizards.
I didn't do as well, seeing a nice female Common Lizard, and this single stonking male Sand Lizard, which popped out of a clump of marram as I stood still in a suitable sunny spot.
Nice green crowned beastie - I love the way they forage in the frontal dunes regardless of the numbers of daytrippers tramping about, and the way most visitors are completely unaware of their presence.
The sea mists cooled the earlier part of the day down on the coast, but there were plenty of Chiffchaffs singing and, when the sun did come out, every low sandy bank in Birkdale dunes appeared to be busy with Vernal Mining Bees.
Eyes to the skies everyone, eyes to the skies...