In 2012 we relaunched OxARG with an expanded committee, and a formal membership scheme. We are delighted to report that this has been successful, and we have attracted a lot of new interest locally, as well as forging closer links with a number of local wildlife groups, including the wildlife trust (BBOWT), Oxford Urban Wildlife Group and the Friends’ of Aston’s Eyot.
As well as our own events, which included a family OxARG Reptile Ramble through one of our local inner city reserves at Lye Valley – one of the few places to see common lizards in the city, in 2012 we also attended Oxfordshire Goes Wild at the Natural History Museum, the Oxford Urban Bioblitz and Go Wild in the Chilterns. By taking live animals along with supporting literature we hope to enable people to experience and understand better our native herps at first hand. We’ve also conducted regular amphibian surveys including training students from both Oxford University and Oxford Brookes University, at Earth Trust and BBOWT sites, as well as a special GCN training course for OxARG members in partnership with BBOWT at Dry Sandford Pit.
Everybody has been hugely enthusiastic about record collecting, and we are up-dating our database at a great rate. However, one of our major concerns is still our declining adder population and despite following up all reports, our only confirmed (small) population is at the BBOWT Warburg reserve.
If anybody does spot an adder - or indeed any other reptile or amphibian in Oxfordshire please tell us about it. Either e-mail us, or put your record directly into the ARG UK record pool online at: http://www.arguk.org/recording
Record your Sightings
Dr Angela Julian
82 Gidley Way
Tel: 01865 872162
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