Welcome to Derbyshire Amphibian and Reptile Group we cover the whole of Derbyshire including part of the Peak District National Park.
Our group aims to promote the study and conservation of the amphibians and reptiles of Derbyshire and their habitats. We achieve this by:
raising awareness of the ecology and conservation needs of Derbyshire's amphibians and reptiles
undertaking practical conservation projects
running approximately 20 Toads on Road patrols at locations across the county every spring during the toad migration season
carrying out regular reptile surveys and amphibian surveys
organising amphibian and reptile training sessions for members and the public
providing advice and information and answering queries for the public
developing recording, monitoring and research intitatives
providing a forum for those interested in amphibians and reptiles
working in partnership with other relevant organisations
We hope our website will help you to find the information you are looking for, but if you still have a query, please contact us and we will do our best to help.
Derbyshire ARG always welcome new members to the group, please email us on email@example.com to join. There is currently no membership subscription required, though that is reviewed at every AGM..
We are very grateful for any records of amphibians and reptiles in your local area that you can pass to us as it helps in mapping the distribution of species and protecting their known habitats. Either contact us directly or use the Record a sighting tab on this website.
The group is run by a committee which is elected at the AGM each year. For 2017 - 2018 the committee elected at the AGM on 4th March 2017 are:
Chair - Christian Murray-Leslie, Vice Chair - Kelvin Lawrence, Secretary - Chris Monk, Treasurer - Jayne Thompson Committee members - Bev Bowman, Richard Fenn Griffin, Lisa Lawrence, Matt Liston, Iaian Stafford, Trevor Taylor
Dates have been fixed for member's spring visits to sites where we have reptile surveys running this year.
At present one survey is running at Hassop in the Peak District National Park in co-operation with the National Park Ranger Service and another is at a Derbyshire Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve near Cromford.
A smaller survey may be added this spring at another site close to Cromford and further dates announced for later in the year.
Toad Crossing preparations
Posted on Sunday 20th March, 2016
The cool dry weather has delayed the start of the toad migration season this spring but patrol members have finished installing the temporary toad warning highway signs at locations across the county. All we are waiting for now is some mild and damp weather to encourage the toads to start returning to their breeding ponds.
Sat 22nd September, 2018 - Sun 23rd September, 2018
Once again Derbyshire ARG will have a stand at this popular weekend show organised by the County Council's Countryside Service at the wonderful Elvaston Castle Country Park just outside Derby. Come along and visit us, tell us about your sightings of amphibians and reptiles, learn more about them, colour in the ARGUK colouring sheets (for children of all ages). Entry free but car parking charge applies Open from 10am to 5pm both days
Family Garden and Wildlife Event
Sat 25th August, 2018 - Sat 25th August, 2018
Derbyshire ARG will be having a stand and engaging with the public about reptiles and amphibians at this event being run at the Barrow Hill Roundhouse Railway Centre near Chesterfield.
Location: Campbell Drive, Barrow Hill, Chesterfield, S43 2PR
Sat 30th June, 2018 - Sat 30th June, 2018
Pond dipping at the Avenue Washlands Nature Reserve, Wingerworth near Chesterfield
We will have our group display stand and will be carrying out pond dipping sessions at 12.00 and 2.30pm on this Derbyshire Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve as part of the DWT Local Group's event.
Reptile Research Projects Talk and Derbyshire ARG toad crossing updates & AGM
Sat 23rd June, 2018 - Sat 23rd June, 2018
Replacement date for our meeting postponed from March (due to the snow)
Indoor meeting with a talk by Kevin Palmer of Reaseheath College on various native British reptile research projects he has been running in recent years; also an update on 2018 Toad Crossings and report back from Froglife's Toad Summit held on 19th June in Peterborough followed by the Group AGM.
Time from 14.00 to 16.30
To be held at the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust HQ at Sandy Hill, Middleton by Wirksworth, Matlock, Derbyshire, DE4 4LR
The HQ is on the B5023 road, 240 metres north of the traffic lights at the Rise End crossroads and there is ample free parking around the building.