Cornwall Reptile & Amphibian Group

About Us

                                             CRAG - Cornwall Reptile & Amphibian Group

CRAG aims to increase awareness and action on behalf of Cornwall's reptiles (snakes and lizards) and amphibians (frogs, toads and newts)
Its activities include

  • Outings and meetings to develop members knowledge of the species found in the county
  • Participation in survey work
  • Practical conservation tasks
  • We also have social activities and get togethers with other specialist wildlife groups.

The group is open to anyone who would like to be involved with amphibian and reptile conservation in Cornwall.

A small annual subscription of £5.00 is payable by all Members. New members are welcome to apply to join at any time. Please email the Group Secretary for details and an application form.

CRAG is affiliated to the Amphibian & Reptile Groups of UK.

Please record all sightings of reptiles and amphibians seen in and around Cornwall and that includes non-natives such as terrapins.



ARC Herpetofauna Workers Meeting Announced

Written on Tuesday 5th January, 2016

Details of the next Herpetofauna Workers Meeting have recently been announced. Get your tickets before they're snapped up!

This is one of the biggest herp events in the UK and a great way to develop new skills, network and learn something new about our native herps.

The event will take place over two days, Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th February 2016, at the Oxford Hotel in Oxford.

Visit the Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust's website for more information:


Written on Monday 30th November, 2015

CRAG held their 2015 AGM at the Hawkins Arms, Zelah on Wednesday 18th November. The minutes have been sent out to CRAG members and are available on the Facebook page. To summarize:

  • No move was made to increase the membership fee which will remain at £5 per year.
  • Proposals were made for new activities and opportunities to work with others. This included working more closely with universities, designing events for active members and appealling to all members, new and old, for suggestions on activities and projects which CRAG might be interested in getting involved with.
  • The group will focus on one project per quarter. The first of these will be a Gullypot Mesh activity at the Eden Project led by Nicola Morris.
  • Nicola will also be involved with other activities such as invloving students in practical conservation work and organising reptile surveys.
  • As group recorder, Nicola is appealing to members to inform her of their reptile and amphibian sightings. Records can be submitted to her by clicking on the relevant tab at the top of this page.
  • Laura Fox has agreed to keep the website updated with news and events.
  • Stuart Edwards was elected as Reptile Champion. He has also volunteered to keep the Facebook page updated.
  • Anna Moulin from Exeter University (Penryn campus) was elected to the commitee as a Student Liason Officer.

The committee will meet quarterly at the Hawkins Arms (see minutes for date and times). Other members are welcome to attend these meetings. Check the Events tab and Facebook page for details on other meetings and activities we will be arranging in the new year. Please note that if you wish to attend events you will need to have filled out a membership form - contact Tamsin Lee for more information.

AGM and Penhale MOD event 18th May 2014

Written on Wednesday 28th May, 2014

CRAG held their AGM on 18th May. The details of which will be circulated to all members. In summary the committee remains exactly as it was. Membership fees have been increased to the staggering sum of £5.00pa. Providing an adult is a full member of CRAG, children under 16 do not have to pay a membership fee and can attend events / activities with a parent or an individual in loco parentis.


The need for ‘members’ to complete an application form was emphasised again as without this you are not a member and therefore not eligible to attend activities / events. So if you have not done so please do so now.


Cathy kindly organised an activity at the Penhale MOD site in north Cornwall. 18 members attended and all agreed it was an thoroughly enjoyable morning. Under Cathy’s guidance we found a number of slow worms and two grass snakes. Unfortunately, we did not encounter any adders. This was particularly frustrating as we were later informed by the botanical group who were following an hour or so behind us, that they had discovered an adder basking next to one of our tins!!


Having completed the reptile survey Cathy guided us to a shallow pool and aided by Kat and Nicola proceeded to demonstrate the art of pond dipping. Several palmate newts were caught along with palmate larvae and numerous aquatic creatures.


A discussion lead by the intrepid trio focussed on the need for bio-security when leaving sites to avoid contaminating other sites with invasive and non-native species.


The next event which is being organised by Paul Smith is eagerly awaited and will focus on reptiles and hopefully adders will feature this time.

Tremough Bioblitz and beyond

Written on Monday 2nd July, 2012

On Saturday 16th June CRAG members joined other keen naturalists at the Tremough Campus to help locate and identify the biodiversity of species on campus. Not the best of weather, but a good time was had and a few species added to the continually growing species count. However it give the opportunity to scope out the site with a veiw to making areas more reptile and amphibian freindly. At the time the group left the species count had just gone over the 200 mark.

CRAG members went on to visit Argal and College Reservoirs to scope out the possibilities of carrying out surveys on the sites.

Cornish Sand Lizards get a helping hand - Update

Written on Saturday 26th May, 2012

During the winter months, CRAG members got stuck in to help the sand lizards by carrying out some habitat improvement work.The finished habitat looks terrific and now we just hope the lizards will think so too. Check out the photos in our gallery.

Well done everyone who gave time to help out.

We hope to have more hands on management activities for next winter.

Thamks to Paul Smith, Catriona Neal & Pete Mycock for the great photos.

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Photo Gallery

CRAG's photo gallery
Male Adders Fighting
Near the Lizard. Photo by Rob Dawson.

Male Adders Fighting
Near the Lizard. Photo by Rob Dawson.

Slow Worm at Penhale
The only female slow worm found at our visit to Penhale. Photo by...

Slow Worm at Penhale
We found lots of slow worms at our visit to Penhale Dunes on 9th...

Grass Snake at Penhale
We returned the grass snake back to the spot where we found it, under ...

Grass Snake at Penhale
Photo by Laura Fox

Grass Snake at Penhale
We found one grass snake at our visit to Penhale Dunes on 9th April...

Male and female adder
Photo taken by Dr Helen Fearnley

Male adder with female adder in background
Photo taken by Dr Helen Fearnley

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Contact Us

Chair Chris White -

Secretary - Nicola Morris

TreasurerMark Nicholson

Reptile Champion - Stuart Edwards -

Amphibian Champion - Edward Norkett -

Other committee members

Paul Diamond


For general enquiries please contact the Chair - details above

Cornwall Reptile & Amphibian Group
c/o Cornwall Wildlife Trust
Five Acres

Tel: 01872 273939


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