The first warm days of spring are often sufficient to wake up our scaly (not slimy!) friends. A common misconception is that hot days in Summer are best. However, on those days these cold blooded crackers warm up fast and scuttle away long before we get to see them. From now until May will be the best time as males look for females and as the metabolism is slow to speed up they are not so good a getting away.
As with all wildlife just spotting them can become a science in itself – look at these cryptic dragons.
Once you find one, move in slowly. Let them get used to the shutter and the shape of the lens, and you can be lucky enough to have memorable encounter. This Common Lizard was most obliging.