Take Part in the Scottish Adder Survey

Take Part in the Scottish Adder Survey.

There is growing evidence of a long-term decline in adder populations in Britain, especially in England, although the situation here in Scotland is less clear, highlighting the need to better understand adder distribution and conservation status.

The adder is the only widespread native snake occurring in Scotland and the last systematic survey of adders in Scotland was undertaken almost 30 years ago in the early 1990s.

The adder appears to be especially sensitive to changes in land management and land use. Better information on the current conservation status of the species and on population trends would help us to minimise the risks to adders arising from significant threats, for example, climate change impacts.

Take a few minutes to complete the online survey using the link below:


This survey will take less than 10 minutes to complete

Personal data and address are not required. The survey is focusing on the locations on your land where you have encountered these reptiles.

There is no need to go out and look for these species, just to report what you have seen.

If you have any questions contact:

Rachael (ARC Scotland Project Officer) – rachael@arc-trust.org

Catherine Whatley (NatureScot reptile and amphibian advisor) – catherine.whatley@nature.scot

This survey will be open until 31 March 2024.