I've seen quite a few grass snakes in the wild, without deliberately looking for them, that is to say by deliberately lifting up old bits of corrugated iron placed as reptile homes in nature reserves). I've seen them on golf courses and in London rivers and in Berkshire peat ponds. Grass snakes that is.
But up until a day or two ago, I honestly don't think I'd ever seen a slow worm without deliberately setting out to search for one (using the same corrugated iron technique described in bold above).
I was walking around Bracknell Forest (the town and countryside) again yesterday, as I've done pretty-well each day for months now.
And happened across this wee thing - crossing a bridge over a SUDS pond in a (deserted) business park.
A young slow-worm.
And, like I say, a first for me, in that I've only ever seen slow-worms before seeing this one, after DELIBERATELY LOOKING FOR THEM.
A lovely, unexpected treat - and just to finish this post, I'll leave you with a very short video of my encounter - here.
Keep 'em peeled, eh?