LOUNGING lizards are soaking up some rays at a Northumberland nature reserve.
Common lizards are not normally seen around the hides at Druridge Bay, choosing to remain hidden in the dunes.
But the recent warm weather has brought the sun-seekers out of hiding and now they are fighting for the best spots on window of the wader viewing hide at Northumberland Wildlife Trust’s Hauxley reserve.
The huge glass window of the hide has turned it into a giant greenhouse for the creatures and dozens of them are coming out to head for the sill.
Druridge Bay Estates Officer Alex Lister said: “Forget basking sharks, we have baking lizards. It’s really funny watching them jostling for position on the windowsill — those that don’t get a spot have to make do with the walls, where it’s just as hot.
“If this continues, they’ll be turning up earlier in the morning to put their towels down to secure their place.
“Anybody wanting to have a look needs to open the door to the hide very carefully for they are very quick — one sudden noise and you won’t see them for dust.”
Common lizards are protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act and it is an offence to kill, harm or injure them, or sell or trade them in any way.