Amphibian & Reptile Group of North Lancashire
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Amphibians and reptiles are under-recorded in North Lancashire, however the lack of data does not reflect an absence of species. ARGNL hopes to redress the low profile of amphibians and reptiles in North Lancashire by becoming a focus for their conservation.

More work is needed to map the distribution of amphibians and reptiles and this will be one of the key aims of the group. ARGNL will also be supporting the work of Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (ARC trust) which will be reintroducing natterjack toads to Cockerham Marsh SSSI in early 2013. We are also working with the Arnside and Silverdale AONB and the Lancashire Wildlife Trust to identify sites at which to focus our attentions.

ARGNL held its second meeting in January 2013, two years after the inaugural get together! During this second meeting the group adopted a constitution, allowing us to become affiliated with ARGUK, and elected a committee. After a promising turn out of keen volunteers, 2013 looks to be a promising year!

For more information please contact Chris Arthur at chris_t_arthur@hotmail.com or visit our Facebook group

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ARGNL AGM

Posted on Tuesday 15th January, 2013

Two years after the inaugural meeting, ARGNL held its second gathering on 14/01/2013 at the Punchbowl in Garstang. We had a very promising turn out of keen volunteers, and as well as adopting a constitution to allow us to affiliate with ARGUK, everyone who came left with a job!

The committe elected is as follows;

Chair Person - Chris Arthur
Vice Chair - David Orchard
Publicity Manager - Heather Hilton
Events Manager - Zoe Foster
Treasurer - Jason Reynolds

A massive thank you to all who attended, and here's to a promising start to 2013!


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Amphibian Training Event

Sun 7th April, 2013

We will be holding a training event at Beacon Fell Visitors Centre run by David Orchard of ARGSL.

The Training will cover all of the skills required to survey for amphibians and accurately report the findings. For more information please see the flyer available to download by clicking here.

There will be a charge of £6 per person for the course, which includes membership of ARGNL.


Conservation work at Cockerham Marsh

Sun 24th February, 2013

Habitat management work party at Cockerham Marsh.
We will be clearing gorse and giving the site a final once-over to ensure that it's ready for the reintroduction of natterjack toads, orchestrated by the ARC trust, later in the year.

Things to bring:

• lunch, flask and drinking water
• old outdoor/working clothes and strong footwear (would strongly suggest wellies!)
• waterproofs in case of wet weather
• old gloves if you have them (if not just let us know and we can provide them)

We'll meet up at 10am for all our tasks and work through till approx 4pm (but if you need to leave earlier than this no problem). If you think you can attend please e-mail me at chris_t_arthur@hotmail.com and I can send you directions of where to meet up.


Herpetofauna Workers' meeting 2013

Sat 26th January, 2013

The Herpetofauna Workers' Meeting (http://www.arguk.org/news/) has been established for over 25 years, this unique and popular event occupies the centre stage of the herpetological calendar attracting a broad range of participants from across the UK including:volunteers, professional ecologists, statutory nature conservationists, students & academics.

The programme is gradually being pieced together for next year's meeting which will be at the Edinburgh Conference Centre at Herriot Watt University on the Saturday 26 & Sunday 27 January 2013. Various topics will be discussed through presentations and workshops. Here is a sneak preview:

  • Life on the edge? - Current status of UK adders
  • Turbulent times for tartan natterjacks?
  • Survey and mitigation practices for GCNs
  • The impact of chytrid - in the UK and overseas
  • Reconnecting dragons in Wales
  • The Glasgow living waters project
A special Burns Night Gala Dinner with a raffle to support the ARG UK 100% Grant Fund with the return of the Herpetological Quiz Have I got Newts for You.

ARGNL AGM

Mon 14th January, 2013

The AGM for ARGNL is going to be on Monday 14th Jan at the Punchbowl in Garstang; 5-9 Church Street, Churchtown, Garstang PR3 0HT (http://www.punchbowl-churchtown.co.uk/). The meeting will start at 8, but i will be there from about 7 if anyone wants to meet earlier or get food etc.

The most important things for the agenda will be the election of a committee and the adoption of a constitution, but there are few projects/work days next year we can talk about as well.

Please let me know if you can make it, either by email or via the facebook group.
Cheers,
Chris


Conservation Work at Linden Pond, Blackpool

Sun 25th November, 2012

Habitat management at Linden Pond - Blackpool - Organised by ARGSL

Things to bring:

• lunch, flask and drinking water
• old outdoor/working clothes and strong footwear
• waterproofs in case of wet weather
• old gloves if you have them (if not just let us know and we can provide them)

Our pond management tasks will be done in partnership with the local rangers and we'll be cutting back trees and scrub then burning the brash.

We'll meet up at 10am for all our tasks and work through till approx 4pm (but if you need to leave earlier than this no problem). If you think you can attend please e-mail me at chris_t_arthur@hotmail.com or David at argsl@btinternet.com and I can send you directions of where to meet up.


Habitat Management Task at Cockerham Marsh SSSI

Sun 19th February, 2012

Habitat Management Task at Cockerham Marsh SSSI

Date: Meet at 10am on Sunday February 19th

Place: Cockerham (near Lancaster). Directions will be sent to those attending.

Task: Removal and burning of gorse to improve the condition of Cockerham Marsh SSSI.

Cockerham Marsh SSSI was the last site in North Lancashire to support natterjack toads. Amphibian and Reptile Conservation is now undertaking a feasibility study to decide whether natterjack toads can be re-introduced to this site. The key issue is whether suitable habitat can be maintained over the long term.

The immediate management priority is to remove gorse that is encroaching upon the site so that it can be grazed more effectively. This work will be done by volunteers coordinated by Bill Shaw, Amphibian and Reptile Conservation’s Cumbria natterjack officer.

If you’re able to take part in this task, please contact us for directions. 


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