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Amphibians & Reptiles
There are not too many different species in this category recorded in the park. As well as the species pictured below the indiginous species, palmate newt, and slow worm are also recorded. The reserve is noted for it's great crested newts and it is an Essex stronghold for the species. There has never been an authenticated record of an adder in the reserve though the species is recorded not far away in Thorndon Park.

The image below by Barbs Suckling is the first image of a grass snake I have seen. Grass snakes are frequent in the park but not everyone is quick enough to get a picture, Thanks Barbs.

Newt, 9th April 2018. Ken Lynn

Young Andrew O Brien warily watching a great crested newt in his garden in Sedgefield Crescent. Five were found and relocated in the moat.

An alien species of terrapin introduced into the reserve with unknown long term consequencies.

Two nice photos by Peter Adams showing the difference between frog's and toad's spawn