Cornwall Reptile & Amphibian Group
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CRAG - Cornwall Reptile & Amphibian Group

CRAG aims to increase awareness and action on behalf of Cornwall's reptiles (snakes and lizards) and amphibians (frogs, toads and newts)
Its activities include

  • Outings and meetings to develop members knowledge of the species found in the county
  • Participation in survey work
  • Practical conservation tasks
  • We also have social activities and get togethers with other specialist wildlife groups.

The group is open to anyone who would like to be involved with amphibian and reptile conservation in Cornwall.

A small annual subscription of £5.00 is payable by all Members. New members are welcome to apply to join at any time. Please email the Group Secretary for details and an application form.

CRAG is affiliated to the Amphibian & Reptile Groups of UK.

Please record all sightings of reptiles and amphibians seen in and around Cornwall and that includes non-natives such as terrapins.




Posted on Saturday 4th November, 2017

The CRAG AGM 2017 took place at Cornwall College, Newquay on Monday 9th October.

Successes over the past year include a well-attended trip to Carn Moor, the setting of tins and monitoring at Tregantle (nr Saltash) and a surge in new members thanks to CRAG's attendance at various events including the Freshers Fair at Cornwall College, Newquay.

Nicola Morris and Steve Green chose to step down from their secretary positions due to pressure from other commitments. Jade Clayson has taken on general secretary duties, while Ruth Corbett will be the new Membership Secretary.

Helen gave us an update on her work with Sand Lizards and their habitat management.

We discussed the situation and requirements of sites we currently monitor and suggested new sites we could take on.

Full minutes available:


University Researcher Looking For Help

Posted on Friday 10th March, 2017

Hi all, I am a researcher at the University of Exeter (Penryn Campus) investigating frog colouration and predator vision. I am looking for potential sites in Cornwall to conduct my research: anything from small garden ponds, to larger natural habitats that may be home to the common frog. If you are able to help, or would like to know more about my research please get in touch: – thanks! Alice Rosen


Posted on Wednesday 1st February, 2017

The CRAG AGM 2016 took place at the Hawkins Arms, Zelah on Thursday 22nd September.

We discussed the success of recent events and plans for future events, and recent conservation activities by CRAG, SINNG and Cornwall College Newquay.

As Paul Diamond has stepped down as chair and Tamsin Lee has moved away, a new chair and secretary were appointed. This resulted in many of the committee members taking on different roles or new responsibilities. Our new chair is now Chris White and Nicola Morris is our new secretary, assisted by Steve Green.

We voted on whether CRAG should be affiliated with the Cornwall Wildlife Trust. As most of the committee members felt that it was important for us to remain independent as a group, we declined to become affiliated.

Helen gave us an update on her work with Sand Lizards and their habitat management.

Full minutes available:



ARC Herpetofauna Workers Meeting Announced

Posted on Tuesday 5th January, 2016

Details of the next Herpetofauna Workers Meeting have recently been announced. Get your tickets before they're snapped up!

This is one of the biggest herp events in the UK and a great way to develop new skills, network and learn something new about our native herps.

The event will take place over two days, Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th February 2016, at the Oxford Hotel in Oxford.

Visit the Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust's website for more information:


Posted on Monday 30th November, 2015

CRAG held their 2015 AGM at the Hawkins Arms, Zelah on Wednesday 18th November. The minutes have been sent out to CRAG members and are available on the Facebook page. To summarize:

  • No move was made to increase the membership fee which will remain at £5 per year.
  • Proposals were made for new activities and opportunities to work with others. This included working more closely with universities, designing events for active members and appealling to all members, new and old, for suggestions on activities and projects which CRAG might be interested in getting involved with.
  • The group will focus on one project per quarter. The first of these will be a Gullypot Mesh activity at the Eden Project led by Nicola Morris.
  • Nicola will also be involved with other activities such as invloving students in practical conservation work and organising reptile surveys.
  • As group recorder, Nicola is appealing to members to inform her of their reptile and amphibian sightings. Records can be submitted to her by clicking on the relevant tab at the top of this page.
  • Laura Fox has agreed to keep the website updated with news and events.
  • Stuart Edwards was elected as Reptile Champion. He has also volunteered to keep the Facebook page updated.
  • Anna Moulin from Exeter University (Penryn campus) was elected to the commitee as a Student Liason Officer.

The committee will meet quarterly at the Hawkins Arms (see minutes for date and times). Other members are welcome to attend these meetings. Check the Events tab and Facebook page for details on other meetings and activities we will be arranging in the new year. Please note that if you wish to attend events you will need to have filled out a membership form - contact Tamsin Lee for more information.



Past Events

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Outing to Bedruthan Steps

Sun 25th March, 2018 - Sun 25th March, 2018

We are having an outing to Bedruthan Steps, where 22 tins are in place in an area quite full of interesting reptiles. 

Meet at 11:00am in the National Trust Carnewas carpark, which is close to Bedruthan Steps. The nearest postcode is PL27 7UW and grid reference SW 850 690.

Wellies are advised to get through the gorse, and there are also wet areas.

If you would like to join us, please contact Sarah Stevens, email address, tel 01208 863821

Cornwall Reptile and Amphibian Group AGM

Mon 9th October, 2017 - Mon 9th October, 2017

The Cornwall Reptile and Amphibian Group AGM will be held at Cornwall College Newquay, Wildflower Lane, Trenance Gardens, Newquay TR7 2LZ on Monday 9th October at 6pm. If you haven’t been to a meeting before now is your chance to meet everyone and find out what you can do to help our reptiles and amphibians in Cornwall.

We are a friendly group and would love to see you. If you aren’t able to make it but would like to contribute something for discussion do let me know.

Survey and recording at Carn Moor Nature Reserve, Goonhavern

Sat 30th September, 2017 - Sat 30th September, 2017


CRAG will be running a reptile survey and recording field trip to Carn Moor Nature Reserve, nr Goonhavern.  A lovely site to see reptiles.

Directions: Due to the limited parking near the site we will meet at Goonhavern Garden Centre TR4 9QQ and car share from there to the site nearby.

If you would like to join CRAG at this event please contact Steve Green (Trip Leader)

CRAG Meeting

Tue 30th May, 2017

6:45pm - The Hawkins Arms, Zelah

Regular group meeting. All members welcome, as well as those who are considering becoming a member. Come and find out what the group is getting up to and share your opinion!

Reptile surveys at Penhale Sand Dunes 9.15am-11.30am

Sat 20th May, 2017

This site is closed to public access so relatively undisturbed and a great place to see reptiles and other wildlife. We will meet at the gates to the dunes which will be locked once we enter so you must arrive on time. Nearest post code: - TR8 5PZ This takes you to a nearby farm. Drive past the farm until you reach a sharp left hand bend. The gate will be directly in front of you. Grid ref SW 78328 56670
If you would like to join CRAG at this event please contact Nicola Morris (Trip Leader)>

Marram Planting at Constantine 10am-3.30pm

Sat 13th May, 2017

CRAG will be undertaking a marram grass planting task at Constantine Bay. The task will not only help stabilise the exposed sand, but create the foundations to restore the dune which will in turn provide valuable and improved habitat for the lizard population at this site.
Meeting at Constantine Bay Car park. Nearest postcode; PL28 8JJ (Map Ref SW 859 745). The car park is small so you may need to park at the top of the lane opposite the surf shop (7 minute walk to the car park).
Bring lunch, water, gloves, small hand trowel (important!), spade if you have one, appropriate clothing for the weather conditions and sun cream.
You do not need to stay for the duration, any time you can offer will be greatly appreciated. After the task (weather permitting), Helen will lead an informal walk and talk session for CRAG members on site with the hope of spotting the odd lizard or two, you are welcome to join and quiz her on all things lizard related.
Directions: Take the A39 to Winnard’s Perch, take the B3274 towards Padstow and St Merryn and then follow signs to St. Merryn. From there, go towards Trevose Golf Club, but don’t make the turn to the golf club, stay on the road that hairpins to the left, on to by the small post box, sign posted right to Constantine Bay, on to the very end of the lane to the car park.
If you would like to join CRAG on this task or require any further information please email Helen Fearnley (Trip Leader)>. Please note there is limited mobile reception on site, so please make sure you arrive on time, or contact Helen ahead of the task day, for the specific work location if you plan joining us later in the day.

CRAG Outing to Windmill Farm

Sun 26th March, 2017

1:00pm-3:00pm - Windmill Farm Nature Reserve

Windmill Farm is 1 mile north of Lizard village. Take the A3083 (Helston to Lizard) towards Lizard village and turn right at the 'Wild Camping' sign. Follow the lane till you see the windmill. Park in the open area at the end of the lane.


If you can, please let us know if you are able to come by emailing our secretary, Nicola Morris.

CRAG Meeting

Tue 28th February, 2017

6:45pm - The Hawkins Arms, Zelah

Regular group meeting. All members welcome, as well as those who are considering becoming a member. Come and find out what the group is getting up to and share your opinion!

CRAG visit to Breney Common CWT Nature Reserve

Sun 26th February, 2017

Sunday 26 February (11:00 – 13:00)
The purpose of this trip will be to check the existing tins and the new tins that will be placed by SG and Cornwall College students on 11 January.

If you would like to join us, please let Nicola Morris know you are coming so we have an idea of numbers.

CRAG Meeting

Tue 29th November, 2016


At the Hawkins Arms, Zelah, at 6:45 pm


Welcome and Introductions

Are there any matters arising from our AGM, which was held on 22nd September, 2016? A summary of events since that date.


An update from Nicola/Stephen.


An update from Mark on the current state of our finances.

1. Lizards – at the AGM we agreed that we would use this opportunity to discuss any maintenance required at the site before the new season commences. Who will be available to become involved, and what level of supervision is required?

2. In the past we have had no active part in Toads on Roads, and other similar exercises. Should we be seen to do so, and if so how should we go about getting involved?

3. It has been previously suggested that we should integrate with CWT’s Fox Club in terms of giving school talks, which would avoid the need to obtain a ‘displaying animals licence’ from Cornwall Council. Do we have the resources to carry this out?

4. Since our last meeting, we have visited Windmill Farm on the Lizard, although the weather was far from kind. Children attended this outing, which is recommended by ARG, do the group agree and if so do we need a junior membership to keep all participants insured?

5. A date has already been set in March to revisit Windmill Farm in the hope of viewing adders that have recently emerged from hibernation. Has anybody come up with ideas for further events?

6. Any other business.

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For general enquiries please contact:

Chair - Chris


01872 273939
Cornwall Reptile & Amphibian Group
c/o Cornwall Wildlife Trust
Five Acres

Secretary - Jade Clayson -

Membership Secretary - Ruth Corbett

Treasurer - Mark Nicholson

Social Media Officer - George Lonsdale -

Other committee members

Paul Diamond -

Stuart Edwards -

Edward Norkett -


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