On 21st June 2020 we received a report that a resident on Station Road has been bitten by what he believed was an Adder snake in his back garden.
Without wanting to alarm anybody, as they are very, very rare especially around here, it may be wise to be vigilant just in case.
The Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust have told us that Adder’s prefer woodland, heathland and moorland habitats. They are aware of Adders around Market Rasen, Woodhall Spa and Laughton, nr Gainsborough but not in Great Coates.
They added that they feel this area wouldn’t suit the Adder snakes as the area is too busy with people and dogs. They are timid and wary of people. An Adder bite is rare but if bitten can be painful and medical attention should be sought as they are venomous.
Adders are visible from March and hibernate in October. They are described as 60-80 cms long, greyish in colour with a distinctive zig-zag pattern down its back with a red eyes.