A rare pocket of open heath amongst plantation woodland
Lavington Common in July
The easiest way to find the nocturnal and well-camouflaged nightjar is to listen out for its distinctive 'churring' call at dusk. The nightjar is most easily spotted at dusk when the males can be seen displaying to females.
Broad bodied chaser dragonfly
This is an easy dragonfly to spot ponds, lakes and gardens. It regularly returns to the same perch after swift flights out across the water looking for insects.
The male is unmistakable with a bright red breast and cheeks, grey back, black cap and tail, and bright white rump. They feed voraciously on tree buds in spring and were once a 'pest' of fruit crops.
The sand lizard is one of the UK's rarest reptiles. It favours sandy heathland habitats and sand dunes, and can be spotted basking on bare patches of sand.
The adder is easily recognised by a dark 'zig-zag' stripe along its back. It hunts lizards, small mammals & ground-nesting birds. It prefers woodland, heathland and moorland habitats.
Snakes in the grass
The green and yellow grass snake is our longest snake and can be found across many habitats. During the summer they can be spotted basking in the sun near water.
The common lizard is unusual among reptiles as it incubates its eggs inside its body and 'gives birth' to live young rather than laying eggs. Watch out for one basking in the sun from April.