A morning on the Dorset heaths in search of Britain’s rarest reptile

Roam the untamed heaths of Dorset in search of smooth snakes and other rare wildlife in episode 8, season 9 of the Countryfile podcast

Smooth snakes on Dorset heaths – Countryfile podcast

Meet the spring wildlife of one of Britain’s rarest habitats – lowland heaths. Roam the heath-clad landscape in search of rare reptiles including the elusive smooth snake in the company of Owain Masters and Nick Dobbs from the Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust (ARC).

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ARC is leading a project called Snakes in the Heather, which involves working with a number of other organisations from local councils to big conservation bodies to protect smooth snakes and their rare habitats.

Listen on to find out more and meet a host of rare insects, plants and the gorgeous Dartford warbler. Plus, there is a special guest appearance from plodcast favourite Kevin Parr.

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