Hertfordshire Amphibian and Reptile Group (HertsARG)

About us

About Us

Hertfordshire Amphibian and Reptile Group (HertsARG) is a new organisation established to involve the public in the conservation and recording of reptiles and amphibians. We are developing links with other local conservation groups in order to complete projects and develop records for the County. It is anticipated that we will affiliate to ARG UK and work closely with the County recorder to develop these aims.

Over the coming months we hope there will be news of a number of interesting and valuable conservation and research projects. Should you wish to become involved, or simply to be kept updated of progress, please email your contact details to davewillisbhs@yahoo.co.uk.

If you have any questions or ideas for future work, or know of a site you think may be of interest, let us know!

PLEASE GET IN TOUCH IF YOU:

  • KNOW OF ANY RELEASED REPTILES OR AMPHIBIANS.
  • ARE STRUGGLING TO KEEP YOUR REPTILES OR AMPHIBIANS (PARTICULARLY TURTLES AND TERRAPINS).
  • HAVE SPOTTED A STRANGE SNAKE OR OTHER REPTILE.

David Willis - Founder
Hatfield
Herts

(Please email for details, upcoming projects and any unwanted animals)

davewillisbhs@yahoo.co.uk

Telephone: 07581121270

Mammal Amphibian and Reptile Atlas (MARA) and Herp record queries;

Dr Chantal Helm or Mr Ian Flack
University of Hertfordshire

chantalvhelm@gmail.com

ianflack1@gmail.com

News

News

April 2012 update

Posted on Sunday 8th April, 2012

HertsARG April 2012.

Happy Easter! Many thanks to everyone who came to Bayfordbury Field Centre last week, and thanks to the University of Hertfordshire for letting us use the facilities again. Photos of the day are up on the website. There are a few dates for your diary, some good news and a request for assistance.

Great Crested Newt evening

Depending on weather, Will Atkins (LEHART) will be leading a tour of the ponds of Coppetts Wood in Barnet. These ponds are a great example of conservation volunteer effort and support a thriving population of Great Crested Newts. This will take place over the next fortnight and Will is going to send out notification 2-4 days in advance. This will give you opportunity to see some of the theory discussed last week put into practice.

Wildlife Trust Events

There are a number of Herp-focussed Wildlife Trust events coming up. Some highlights;

Monday 16th April 2012 6-9pm. Herp Surveying in the Colne Valley. Iver Heath SL0 0EB. Contact Jennifer Gilbert (07909 914962) or wildlifetrust@hillingdon.gov.uk.

Saturday 12th May 2012. 10am. Reptiles and rare plants, Balls Wood, Hertford.

To book, the Balls Wood event or to check for other interesting guided visits to other reserves visit www.hertswildlifetrust.org.uk/

Stevenage Pond Project.

HMWT have also been working on ponds in the Stevenage area at Symond’s Green, Monks Wood and Whomerley Wood. If anyone wants to get more involved, contact Ann Favell wildlifetrust@stevenage.gov.uk

Hertfordshire Toads and Toad Crossing projects

There is growing national concern regarding the numbers of Common Toads (Bufo bufo). There are a number of locations in Hertfordshire at which “toad crossings” used to take place with volunteers helping toads to cross roads en route to their spawning ponds. The following are, at least historically, known to be toad crossing sites;

Hollycross Road, Amwell Great Wymondley/Willian

Bourne End, Pix Farm Road Westmill

Mangrove Road/Lord Street, Hertford/Hoddesdon Panshanger/Mimram Valley

Sparrowhall Farm, Waterend Lane Wilstone Reservoir

Stevenage Rd., Letchworth

Sperberry Hill, St Ippolitts

If anyone lives near any of these places, or knows of other toad locations, please contact me or our Conservation Officer, Michelle Bullock (michelle.bullock@live.co.uk) as we will be organising a few of these and hopefully getting a handle on any decline in Hertfordshire.

HertsARG field days

A trip to the Alpine Meadow Nature Reserve, Berkhamsted ,home to Common Lizards, Slow Worms and Grass Snakes is planned for the next 3-4 weeks. This will be dependent upon weather, and further notifications will follow.


ARC Grant

Posted on Monday 5th March, 2012
Following an application to Amphibian and Reptile Conservation in January, we now have a set of pond dipping equipment (professional nets and dip trays) on their way in time for the Newt season! Thanks to John Wilkinson and others at ARC!

2012

Posted on Monday 23rd January, 2012
The Olympic year promises to be a busy one for HertsARG! There will be an early season meeting in April and we will be attending several council-run events to promote reptiles and amphibians in the wild. Dates to come. If you have news or pictures you think would be good on the website send to davewillisbhs@yahoo.co.uk or, our new and very welcome Website Officer Anthony Laing at avonplettenberglaing@gmail.com.


Reserve Surveying 
Following a meeting with the Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust (HMWT), we will be embarking on an ambitious survey plan, to cover as many of the 40+ reserves across Hertfordshire in order to get an idea of reptile and amphibian presence and numbers wherever possible. This will then lead to a plan for conservation tasks. we will be looking for people to volunteer to go and survey their local reserve whenever they can to help with this!

Much of this work is being co-ordinated by HertARG's Amphibian Officer, Kris Chan. Kris has extensive experience with Great Crested Newts in Norfolk. If you have an amphibian-related question, query or fact, please contact Kris on kris_chan@btinternet.com.

Great Crested Newt Training

There are plans for Great Crested Newt (GCN) surveying training to be rolled out to HertsARG members this year. Stay tuned or get in touch for more info.

Our friends
Reptiles and Amphibians need all the help they can get, so we're always keen to promote the work of like-minded organisations. Have a look at these;

Glebelands/Coppett's wood reserve.Not in Herts but excellent Newt habitat just down the road;

http://coppettswood.org/

Hertfordshire Biological Records Centre. Whether you have sightings of frogs, fritillaries, badgers and bats, send them here!

http://enquire.hertscc.gov.uk/hbrc/

Pond count

You can take part in the Big Spawn Count by going to your pond and counting the number of spawn clumps present. For more information about this, and to enter your results online, go to the Big Spawn Count pages (which are on the Pond Conservation web-site).

http://www.pondconservation.org.uk/bigponddip/BigSpawncount

Autumn Meeting

Posted on Tuesday 18th October, 2011
Thursday 20th October 2011 at St Albans Sub Aqua Club, CottonMill Lane, St Albans, AL1 1HJ
7pm-9pm. We will be discussing the launch of the ARG and our plans for next year. Hope to see you there!

Upcoming meeting

Posted on Sunday 25th September, 2011
This is just to let members know that in the next few weeks there will be a HertsARG meeting, probably at St Albans Sub-Aqua Club, but I will confirm this and the date in the next week. There will be a bat and light refreshments. In the meantime, I would ask you all to have a think about ideas and suggestions about tasks and projects for next year. There are a few projects being organised by other groups with which we can assist but all comments welcome.
 
In particular the following would be useful for consideration;
 
-How do we raise the profile of the group?
-How do we go about collating results of surveys/reports?
-What do members see as being the priorities for 2012?
 
It should be remembered that these groups only work if the membership are committed and come up with ideas and projects themselves. ARC can offer directions, but our work is really down to us, so, please, all experience, experise, comments and questions welcome. Feel free to email or call me with them beforehand.
 

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David Willis - Founder
Hatfield
Herts

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