Seen in Devon

adders multiplying

On a recent family walk near Beesands in South Devon (in the fog if you look carefully), we spotted this sign on land behind the beach.  Perhaps we were all in a silly mood but it made us smile and lead my wife to sum up the mood: “I see the adders are multiplying”.

Some background

The adder is the UK’s only native venomous snake and every year as many as a hundred people are bitten.

Beesands is basically a long stony beach with a few houses, a pub and a café.  There is also a small lake (Widdicombe Ley) with a bird hide.  Not much goes on here although the café features in lists of fish shacks and there is fishing off the beach.  The pub, the Cricket Inn, is popular and I was amused to discover that many years ago Keith Richards and Mick Jagger gave their first public performance here as an Everly Brothers-style duo.

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