Its the time of year when the Forest gets even busier than usual and when Adders

are about!   In the UK, adders are the only venomous snakes found in the wild.  

If an adder injects venom when it bites, it can cause serious symptoms including:


  • pain, redness and swelling in the area of the bite

  • nausea (feeling sick), vomiting and diahorrea

  • dizziness and fainting


(Sometimes, venomous snakes can bite without injecting venom. This is called a ‘dry bite' causing only mild pain (from the snake's teeth puncturing the skin) and perhaps some anxiety)

If you are bitten by a snake:


  •  remain calm and don't panic; snake bites, particularly those that occur in the UK, are not often serious and rarely        deadly

  •  try to remember the shape, size and colour of the snake

  •  keep the part of your body that has been bitten as still as possible to prevent the venom spreading around your body

  •  remove jewellery and watches from the bitten limb because they could cut into your skin if the limb swells

  • do not attempt to remove any clothing, such as trousers, but loosen clothing if possible

Seek immediate medical assistance by dialling 999 or
Visit your nearest accident and emergency (A&E) department.

If possible, advise the Emergency Services that you have been bitten by a snake.

Details of local A&E departments can be found here




Local vets report very few animals with adder bites in April and May, but they are starting to see more cases now ………… If your animal is bitten by a snake, take it straight to the nearest vet. 



Details of local vets can be found on the Animal Care page