We’ve been observing Adders on Cannock Chase for a number of years now. April is when we venture out to look for basking males and around the end of the month the males will shed their skins and the brief mating season will get underway as the females release pheromones to attract males to them.

When two or more males home in on the same female the famous Dance of the adders takes place, a ritualised combat where the two competing males will rear up and entwine too establish which of the combatants will be dominant and win the right to attend the female.