CANARG is CAN’s Cheshire branch of Amphibian and Reptile Conservation.

As part of CANARG’s commitment to amphibian and reptile conservation we are currently participating in one of ARGUK’s dedicated species survey; MAKE THE ADDER COUNT.  We will be involved with this survey from now until June/July so if you can help, great. Please visit for information on the survey and an online facility for entering results.

The ‘Adders in Cheshire‘ article recently highlighted the need for greater survey effort regarding this species so this regional effort will help provide a better picture of distribution and help with the national effort.

Please take advantage of any site visits and  record all herps. Remember a negative result is useful too.

Below is a list a sites where Adder are considered likely or have been recorded previously in the area of VC58. Many of the sites are already being surveyed as can be seen by the accompanying names.  CANARG is aware that many of the sites have public access but some haven’t and permission should be sought before surveying.

Thurstaston Common

Mike Brown

Cleaver Heath

Mike Brown

Bidston Heath

Mike Brown

Delamere Forest East of Blakemere Lane

Andy Harmer/Eric Fletcher

Delamere Forest (rest of)


Abbott’s Moss

Andy Harmer/Jeff Clarke

Oakhanger Moss

Dave Skingsley/Bill Bellamy

Holcroft Moss

Elspeth Brighton/Phillip Brighton

The Ridgeway, Frodsham

Andy Harmer

Hogshead Moss

Jeff Clarke/Paul Hil/Andy Harmer

Bickerton Hills

Reaseheath Agricultural College/Chester University ?

Risley Moss


Wybunbury Moss

Bill Bellamy

Goyt Valley

Joel Hacking/Rachel Hacking/Laura Bowden

Little Budworth Common

Paul Hill

Danes Moss


Please let Andy Harmer know if you can help survey the sites on the table or other sites where you feel Adder may be present –