Snakes alive: black adder spotted with two friends on Westcott hillside

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THIS is the sight that greeted a National Trust ranger during a routine survey on Denbies Hillside at Westcott

By Dorking Advertiser  |  Posted: April 24, 2015

RARE SIGHT: These three adders, including a black adder, were discovered by Amanda McCormick on Denbies Hillside at Westcott

The slithering collection of adders, which included a rare black adder, was found by Amanda McCormick as she led a group of volunteers through the National Trust-owned wildlife habitat on Thursday.

The discovery generated a great deal of interest after the image was posted on the Trust’s Surrey Hills Facebook page and viewed by 12,000 people.

Ms McCormick told the Advertiser: “You don’t see them very often so it’s very unusual to see three together. I’ve been on this site for seven years and I’ve never seen anything like it.

“They are the only venomous snake we have in the county but they’re not aggressive; if anything they’ll move away from you. They only attack if you try to pick them up.”