LOCAL naturalist, David Alred, will shed light on the area’s only venomous snake – the adder at an upcoming talk in Ilkley.

Secretive and timid, the adders are elusive but if you’re lucky can be spotted basking on a log or a warm rock during the spring.

In his talk, ‘Pennine adders, amphibians and reptiles’ David will take the audience on a fascinating tour of the super shy adder’s life on Tuesday, October 1 at 7pm at the Clarke Foley Centre in Ilkley.

He will also share his knowledge of frogs, toads, common lizards, slow worms and foreign grass snakes in this area, and British grass snakes from a little further afield.

With more than 50 per cent of species in decline across the UK, the Wild Watch is working in Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to educate, inspire and promote a love of wild things and the natural world.

It is currently conducting its biggest ever wildlife survey to inform future conservation strategies.

The Wild Watch is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Pennine adders, amphibians and reptiles: 7pm, October 1, at Jack Lofthouse Suite, Clarke Foley Centre, Ilkley. Tickets are free and booking not required.

For more events in Nidderdale AONB from stargazing to nature talks, go to https://nidderdaleaonb.org.uk/events/