|Helping Adders Up Ladders|
Conservationists believe that adder populations in Britain have been declining over many years. In order to address these concerns, KRAG launched the 'Adders in Decline' project in 2004. In 2015, this initiative was retitled ‘Helping Adders Up Ladders’ (HAUL) and given an extended range of objectives, including -
1. Recording the distribution of adder in Kent;
2. Raising awareness and publicising apparent declines;
3. Undertaking long-term monitoring of some populations as a baseline against which to judge environmental impacts such as habitat management;
4. Providing advice and support to those responsible for the management of some important adder sites;
5. Investigating habitat suitability for adders so that land managers can identify the strengths and weaknesses of their own sites; and
6. Seeking to list the adder as a key species in relevant Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs). This listing would mention essential habitat management requirements.