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 Windmill Farm Nature Reserve

Sat 15th October, 2016

2.00 to 4.00 pm (or stay longer if you like)

We will meet up again with the Warden, Dougy Wright, who says it's been a good year for adders. He will show us the best spots.

We are likely to go ahead regardless of the weather. There is a lot to interest us at this site, so come and see. We might also be putting down tins for future reptile surveys.

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 (not far after you pass Action Paintball). You will know you are on the right lane as you will be able to see the old windmill directly ahead of you. Follow the lane till you reach the windmill. Park in the open area at the end of the lane.
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The Vanishing Viper: Priorities for adder conservation

Sat 8th October, 2016 - Sat 8th October, 2016

Amphibian and Reptile Groups of UK (ARG UK) and Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (ARC) are proud to be able to announce the first national adder meeting. Tickets are available from

The meeting will address all aspects of adder conservation including:

  • Strategic challenges and solutions for adder conservation
  • Insights from survey and research
  • Managing landscapes sympathetically for adders: opportunities and challenges for land managers
  • Public interactions with adders – what messages should we be broadcasting?
  • Site protection, regulation and policy issues
  • Mitigating development impacts 
  • Prioritisation of threats and conservation actions for the adder

If you're interested in going please contact our treasurer Chris White ( as there may be a possibility of car sharing.

Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Thu 22nd September, 2016

The CRAG AGM will take place on the 22nd Sept at The Hawkins Arms, Zelah from 6:45pm.

This is your chance to get involved in taking the group forward. Please find below the agenda of the meeting.

1. Apologies
2. Matters arising from the previous meeting
3. Chairman and Treasurer’s Report
4. Election of Officers and Committee Members
5. Review of membership fees
6. Consider the direction of our relationship with Cornwall Wildlife Trust
7. An update on changes etc to the sand lizards’ site, and suggestions as to what we can do to help
8. Consider our ability to monitor existing sites, and also the merits of taking on new challenges, eg Tregantle
9. Dates of meetings for the next year
10. Any other business

The National Trust's Lundy Bay BioBlitz

Sat 2nd July, 2016 - Sun 3rd July, 2016

The National Trust are holding a 24 hour BioBlitz at Lundy Bay near Polzeath to record as much as they can in 24 hours, and CRAG will be helping out.

Become a wildlife detective by seeking out plants and animals whilst discovering facts about them from the wildlife experts. Whether for an hour or 24, the choice is yours, get invloved with as much or as little as you like, but come along and discover the wildlife on your doorstep.

Any questions, contact or 01208 863821.

Carn Moor Trip

Sat 25th June, 2016 - Sat 25th June, 2016

The next trip will take us to an extensively monitored site on the North Coast of Cornwall. We will be replacing some of the artificial refugia that has deteriorated over the years. Whilst it may be too hot to find a great deal we are still in with a chance of spotting slow worms, common lizards, grass snakes and adders as well as contributing to future surveys and boosting the record pool!

The trip will take place between 9am-11am Saturday 25th of June. We shall be meeting at Goonhavern Garden Centre, Newquay Rd, Truro, TR4 9QQ at approximately 8:45am before heading off to the site. As the location is small we have restricted the numbers on this event to 10 people. If you would like to attend please email Stuart (event leader) directly

BioBlitz Tremough 2016

Sat 21st May, 2016 - Sat 21st May, 2016

Look out for CRAG at this year's Tremough BioBlitz at Penryn Campus, Penryn, TR10 9EZ. The campus is just off the Treliever roundabout on A39, then follow the signs to the BioBlitz. Free car parking will be available. The BioBlitz will be going on all day, from 6am to 9pm, though the main event will be from 10am to 5pm.

Looking for a fun way to spend the day? Want to learn more about our wonderful Cornish wildlife? This FREE event is open to all ages and is brilliant for families who are looking for entertainment with an educational focus! Activities will include nature walks, small mammal trapping, treasure hunts, moth trapping and many more. Enjoy a raffle with amazing prizes, make your own wildlife with our arts and craft stalls, get your face painted and have a jump on the bouncy castle! Wildlife and charity organisations from all over Cornwall will be joining us with loads of exciting stalls, activities and opportunities for you to get involved in. Food and drink will be available to buy from a range of local suppliers, and in the shops on campus. This is the fifth annual BioBlitz and following the success of the previous events, this year’s is set to be spectacular! BioBlitz is being funded by the University of Exeter and EcoSoc (one of the university’s student led societies). To sign up for early morning or late evening events such as bird ringing and bat walks, please email in advance to register. Please note that children must be accompanied by an adult, parent or guardian to attend these events. Join the event on Facebook: ‘BioBlitz Tremough 2016’

Breney Common Surveying

Sun 8th May, 2016

This trip takes CRAG to Breney Common, a site of special scientific interest. The aim of the trip is to monitor pre-existing artificial reptile tins as well as conduct amphibian surveys. Please bring suitable footwear. The event begins at 10am and shall be finished at 12pm. Please meet at Breney Common, Lanlivery, Bodmin, Cornwall PL30. This is a members only trip, membership will be available on the day at £5 and is free to students!

The grid reference for the car park at Gunwen Methodist Chapel is SX 05271 61249. The nature reserve is accessed by walking from the car park. Turn left whilst facing the chapel and walk approx. 200 yards. The footpath to the reserve is on the left.

Penhale Sand Dunes reptile and amphibian surveys

Sat 9th April, 2016

This previously popular outting allows members the opportunity to enjoy surveying the extremely unique Special Area of Conservation that is Penhale Sand Dunes. We shall be conducting reptile surveys on a site known for adder, grass snakes and slow worms. As well as surveying for reptiles we will be checking the ponds for amphibians with chances of finding common toad, common frog and palmate newt.

Please meet by the South Gate near Treworthen Farm, Cubert (SW783567) just before 10am. Jon Cripps the Ranger will meet us and let us in to the MOD area. Anyone arriving after this will not have access.

This is a members only event however non-members can join on the day at just £5. Student membership is free. Stay tuned for more exciting events!


Sat 31st May, 2014 - Sat 31st May, 2014

Exeter University are holding their annual Bioblitz at Tremough campus. The event is intended to promote an interest in wildlife and many groups take part. CRAG have been invited and will be attending. We will also help support SINNG which are a local group focused on research into Non-native invasive species. This includes fauna and flora species.

Group meeting

Tue 18th March, 2014

We will be holding an activity planning evening at the Butchers Arms, Zelah. 18th March 2014

Meeting starts at 7pm sharp.

Please contact the Secretary if you are not a member but would like to attend.

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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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