Common Lizard

One of the overlooked gems of the Eastern Moors is the common lizard. For those who are patient enough to study the dry stone walls on a sunny day, this creature is an absolute pleasure!  Usually they scurry off into the wall but every now and then one just sits there and poses.  The constant smile on his face says it all – contentment!

Not that the lizard has an easy life as they are in the food chain of many predators – adders, kestrels, buzzards and foxes to name just a few.  In turn they do their bit to keep down the fly and insect population, and needless to say there is an abundance of these for much of the year.

These photos are of a traditional rich brown coloured individual but green and grey shades are a common occurrence.6-P1160367 1-P1160373 3-P1160391

Sunbathing on a sunny March day

Sunbathing on a sunny March day


In July last year I took this photo in Ramsley Reservoir.  I was told it was a lamprey as no one could think what else it could be! If you have any ideas then please let me know. Email me … Continue reading