“Adder Wood lies to the north side of the village, roughly between Snape Gate Farm and Edge Knoll. There are several well-used footpaths in that area, linking Hamsterley village to Bedburn Beck, and some of these pass through Adder Wood – which is clearly so named for a reason!”
“Further to the news about the presence of adders, I have had the following message from another member of the Residents’ email circulation list:”
I was interested in your note. As you probably know, adders have suffered a massive decline in recent years (though this summer’s fine weather doubtless explains these incidents) and there’s probably only a few thousand populations left in the country, so the Wildwatch branch of the AONB is desperate for information about sightings. They can be emailed on email@example.com or, better still, go to the AONB website – www.northpennines.org.uk – find ‘wildwatch’ under the link to ‘our work’. In the wildwatch section there’s another link to the reptile survey 2012, which is interesting and links to ways of registering a sighting. The fact that the location you mention is outside the AONB doesn’t matter – it all goes towards a regional bio survey.I’m very sorry if anyone or their pets have been hurt but I would urge people not to harm adders – it’s illegal for a start and they are a beautiful endangered creature (not that I would want one for a friend).
“In addition to the above, I am now told that several people have also suffered wasp or hornet stings. I am sure all of this is to do with the warmer weather, but it will be wise to take care and maybe to carry a sting balm of some sort (I think Wasp-Eze has been discontinued but there are others). I believe vinegar works too. Oh dear, the perils of living in this beautiful place!”