Seaford Town Council issues warning after adder sighting


Seaford Town Council has issued a warning to members of the public after two dogs were bitten by an adder near Seaford Head.

Nikki Blight was walking her two pets on a concrete path to the south of South Hill Barn when they were attacked by the deadly snake. One of the dogs had to be put down and another required urgent medical treatment.

Nikki Blight with Alfie, who is recovering after being bitten by an adder

Nikki Blight with Alfie, who is recovering after being bitten by an adder

As a result, Seaford Town Council has spoken out to recommend any visitors to the site to show caution, especially those with young children or dogs. It is also advised that any dogs be kept on leads in the area as an extra precaution.

The Forestry Commission states that adders are relatively common in areas of rough, open countryside and are often associated with woodland edge habitats.

They are also less inclined to disappear into the surrounding undergrowth when disturbed, and so are probably the most frequently seen of the three British snakes. They most likely time to see them is in early spring when they emerge from their hibernation dens.

Adders are protected by law against being killed or injured through human activity.

Most adders are distinctively marked with a dark zigzag running down the length of the spine and an inverted ‘V’ shape on the neck. Males are generally white or pale grey with a black zigzag, while females are a pale brown colour, with a darker brown zigzag. Some adders are entirely black and can be mistaken for some other species.

A spokesperson for the council said, “Adders are not usually aggressive animals. However, anyone sighting an adder should treat them with respect and leave them well alone. If bitten you should seek immediate medical treatment.”

To view Nikki Blight’s story, click here.

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