Welcome to CPARG - Cambridgeshire and Peterborough's local Amphibian and Reptile Group. ARGs are local, grassroots amphibian and reptile conservation groups spread out throughout the UK, usually organised by county. As a volunteer run group we get up to a whole range of activities – newt surveys, frogspawn counts, advice service, liaison with planning authorities and consultancies, data collection/collation, training, chytrid swabbing, talks and presentations. The opportunities are endless! Events are held on nature reserves and throughout the wider landscape, and while our focus is on Cambridgeshire there are good links between neighbouring ARGs with access to shared away-days, conferences and training available.
We are run by and for volunteers, and we'd like you to join. We're looking for members – people who might be interested in surveying, receiving training, attending talks, sharing their knowledge and experience, or getting involved in any way with amphibian and reptile conservation locally. We're also looking for new committee members to help with the running of the group, most importantly in organising and/or running events (surveys, training, talks, habitat management etc).
Before you download and fill out your membership form, please read the ARG UK Generic Risk Assessment and ARG UK Lone Working Procedures. The membership fee is £5 and payment instructions can be found on the membership document below.
We are re-launching CPARG and will be putting on a range of activities throughout the year and across the whole county, working with various landowners and existing wildlife groups. All ARGs are run by and for volunteers, and we’d like you to join. We’re looking for members – people who might be interested in surveying, receiving training, attending talks, sharing their knowledge and experience, or getting involved in any way with amphibian and reptile conservation locally. We’re also looking for new committee members to help with the running of the group. In the first instance we’ll need a Secretary and a Treasurer, but there’s a host of other roles which could usefully be created as the group grows (e.g. Events Officer, Training Officer, Data Officer, Press Officer etc).
If you would like more information, to get involved or to be kept informed please email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the announcements list. If you’re interested in joining the committee or if you are a land owner/manager who is interested in involving us with your site please get in touch either by email or on 07508020437 after work hours. A website and facebook page will be launched shortly to keep everyone updated on what’s on.
In the last weekend of this November we shall be assisting Paul Doran and Guy Belcher from Cambridge City Council in restoring two of the concrete lined ponds at Cambridge City Crematorium (just off of the A14). The work will take us two days and will draining the old ponds, carefully removing all of the pond life, ripping up the old concrete before re-profiling the ponds before a new liner is laid (if time permits.
Please bring a packed lunch and wrap up sensibly depending on the weather, ensuring that you wear appropriate footwear.
We intend to start for 10am on both the Saturday and Sunday so please aim to be on site for 9:30am. If you do intend to attend and volunteer your time - please email email@example.com so that we have a rough indication of numbers.
Talk: Amphibian Conservation and Midwife Toads
Thu 23rd November, 2017 - Thu 23rd November, 2017
CPARG Chairman Steven Allain will be giving a joint talk between CPARG and the Cambridge Natural History Society titled 'Amphibian Conservation and Midwife Toads'. The talk will take place in the David Attenborough Building on Pembroke Street, Cambridge between 6:45 and 8:30pm. Steve will talk about the threats posed to amphibians by the chytrid fungus and his research regarding the Cambridge population of midwife toad (Alytes obstetricans). Entry to the talk costs £1.50.