North West Wales ARG (NWWARG) seeks to involve the public in the conservation and recording of reptiles and amphibians. We are developing links with other local conservation groups, and working closely with Bangor University Herpetological Society in order to complete projects and develop records for the area.
Between our volunteers, we have the necessary licences to permit full surveys of all species present in our area, including Great Crested Newts and Sand Lizards.
We hold annual identification and training events for the correct practices of surveying for reptiles and amphibians. NWWARG also run other activities throughout the year such as habitat management, surveying and monthly meetings. Should you wish to get involved, or simply to be kept updated of our progress, please join our Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, You Tube or email us at email@example.com!
Photo Credit: Sam Handy
Mae ARG Gogledd-orllewin Cymru (NWWARG) yn ymgeisio i annog y cyhoedd i gymryd rhan mewn cadwraeth a recordio ymlusgiaid ac amffibiaid. Rydym yn datblygu cysylltiau gyda grwpiau cadwraeth leol arall, ac yn gweithio’n agos gyda Chymdeithas Herpetoleg Prifysgol Bangor er mwyn cyflawni prosiectau ac i gynhyrchu recordiau i’r ardal.
Rhwng ein gwirfoddolwyr, mae gennym ni’r trwyddedau angenrheidiol i wneud arolygiadau llawn o'r rhywogaethau sy’n bresennol yn ein hardal, gan gynnwys y fadfall dd?r cribog a madfall y tywod.
Rydym ni’n cynnal sesiynau hyfforddiant blynyddol ar y dull cywir i arolygu am ymlusgiaid ac amffibiaid. Mae NWWARG hefyd yn rhedeg digwyddiadau arall trwy gydol y flwyddyn megis rheolaeth gynefin, arolygu a chyfarfodydd misol. Os rydych chi eisiau cymryd rhan, neu ddilyn ein cynnydd, dilynwch ni ar ein tudalennau Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, You Tube, neu e-bostiwch ni at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Llun Cwrteisi o: Nathan Rusli
On the 12th May NWWARG hosted a Reptile Training day at Gwaith Powdwr. Previously an ammunition factory this area now supports various reptile species, with an especially large population of Slow-Worms. Despite the early start our group was rewarded with bright sunny weather, the day began with a detailed talk on the various reptile species of the UK and the threats they face.
After our ID talk (and a cup of tea) we headed out and began to survey. Unfortunately we didn't come across a Grass Snake, however we found plenty of Slow-Worms (along with shed skin) and even managed to catch a speedy Common Lizard. After lunch our members practiced putting their ID skills to the test and surveyed themselves, with the data collected being added to Cofnod.
Overall it was a productive day with our members getting up close and being able to interact with our native species.
Congratulations to Molly Mannion for winning March's banner competition with this lovely photo of a Common Frog (Rana temporaria). Stay tuned to find out who wins in April! The winner will be announced on the 24th of April.
There's still time to enter! Just head over to our Facebook page and give us 3 of your best portrait native amphibian and reptile photos. The winning photo will be used as the banner photo for NWWARG's social media accounts and website for the month!
Head over to our YouTube page to hear about our work with our local toad patrol in Treborth. Find out about the importance of this project nationwide from NWWARG volunteers and North Wales ARC Co-ordinator Mandy Cartwright. Thanks to Nathan Rusli for directing and producing the video.
Find out more about our recent habitat management work in conjunction with ARGSL and Bangor University Herpetological Society at Rixton Claypits Nature Reserve on our You Tube page!
Head over to our You Tube channel to hear about our recent amphibian training day in conjunction with Bangor University Herpetological Society and Peta Marshall (Greenscape Environmental).
Thanks to everyone that attended!
We will be having our annual Amphibian Survey Training event this year on Thursday 19th March in Room G1, Memorial Building, Bangor University. Refreshments will be available from 7, and the workshop will start at 7.30pm.
This event will include a workshop on field survey techniques by Catharine Wüster, followed by a field trip to Pensychnant Nature Reserve to practise these survey techniques in the surrounding ponds.
Remember to bring a torch (and spare batteries!) and suitable clothing for the field trip. We will have disinfectant on site but please bring relatively clean footwear (e.g. remove clumps of mud) to decrease biosecurity risks when we are at the ponds.
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/661878797251399/
First trip to do some habitat management is organised! This is your chance to get involved with some hands-on conservation for our native species.
The site is the Rixton Clay Pits, a SAC and SSSI for the Great Crested Newt (Triturus cristatus), near Warrington. (http://jncc.defra.gov.uk/protectedsit…/sacselection/sac.asp…)
If you are interested in joining us, please email us ASAP to ensure a place. Emails can be found on the 'Contact Us' page on this site.
19:30 in A12 Brambell Building, Bangor.
19:30 in A12 Brambell Building, Bangor.
Join us to discuss our current progress and plans for the future as well as catch up with fellow members.
This will be taking place at 7pm at Clwb Hirael, Ambrose Street (1DF)
ARG UK Amphibian ID Guide
ARG UK Reptile ID Guide
ARG UK - Precautions for Amphibian Disease Advice Note
ARG UK - B.sal Disease Alert
ARG UK - Amphybiocystidium Pathogen Factsheet
ARG UK - Information on submitting shed skins to Genbank
ARG UK - Priorities for adder conservation from the Vanishing Vipers conference
Or Contact/Neu Cysylltwch â :
Rhiannon Williams (Chair)
Mobile: 07503 075209
Benjamin Owens (Secretary)
Joshua Smith (Lead Recorder)
Natasha Savage (Engagement Officer)
Upcoming events will be listed here.