Snipe, and indeed several other waders, are those birds that non-birders and those taking up wildlife-watching often believe are rare. In actual fact there are probably more about than people think. They just don't see them very often because a) unlike birds we think of as common Snipe and their ilk don't hang about in areas with lots of people like parks and gardens very often and b) they are stealthy camouflaged little devils. By way of example this is the best Snipe shot I have so far.
Now I appreciate its pretty poor (it was dark and the bird was a long way away) but nevertheless I think you'll agree my poor quality imagery is only part of the reason for the bird being so difficult to see. ITs pretty well camouflaged. Anyway if you are having trouble spotting it scroll down and you'll see a version with the bird circled in red.