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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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)
Saturday's newt dipping session at Bayfordbury is likely to be cancelled, due to other commitments and people being understandably busy. Could I ask everyone to keep an eye out for promising ponds so that we could get swabbing some newts for the ZSL project.
Ponds for Wildlife PDF
ARC UK have produced and sent round a PDF (also available in hardcopy) on how to improve ponds for wildlife. However, it is very large, so I haven't sent it out automatically! If you would like a copy let me have your details.
Please keep sightings/records coming in so we can continue building up a picture of the distribution of reptiles and amphibians in Herts.
As usual, if you have any ideas or suggestions for the future activities of HertsARG, let me know!
Hertfordshire reptiles and amphibians
Posted on Sunday 17th April, 2011
Have you seen a frog in your pond or a snake in the grass? If so, please let HertsARG know. We can ensure that these records are added to county-wide databases which will build up a picture of species numbers in the county. Working with other organisations, we can then help focus attention on those areas which could benefit from conservation work. These records will be shared with Hertfordshire Natural History Society and the Wildlife Trust among others. Please contact email@example.com.
Easter Newt Hunt
Posted on Sunday 17th April, 2011
Please try and get involved with this survey, helping to establish newt numbers in England and Wales. Don't forget to send your results through to HertsARG for our county records too! Full details can be found at; http://www.newthunt.org
Bayfordbury Survey Day
Posted on Thursday 17th March, 2011
Bayfordbury Herp Surveying Session
Saturday 2nd April 2011 at 2pm
This is an opportunity to meet other volunteers and have an introduction to the surveying of reptiles and amphibians. It should last 2-3 hours with the emphasis being on learning and sharing knowledge. We are lucky in having Dr Jenny Jones (County recorder for Reptiles and Amphibians) and Dr Ronnie Edmonds-Brown (University of Hertfordshire Natural Sciences) joing us .
The approximate structure of the meeting (subject to change)will be;
-Welcome and Introduction to HertsARG (Dave Willis)
-Herpetological Field Surveying (Dr Edmonds-Brown)
-Exploration of ponds and grounds of Bayfordbury Centre
-Summary and Q&A session
HertsARG has received generous assistance from staff at the University of Hertfordshire. Thanks especially to Shaun Dowman at Bayfordbury Learning Centre. Information regarding the centre and its location can be found here;
Toilets and tea and coffee facilities will be available. Please bring sensible clothing, being mindful of the changeable April weather.
It would be much appreciated if you could confirm whether or not you will be able to make it beforehand, so that we have an idea of numbers. Any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Posted on Sunday 27th February, 2011
Progress continues with the development of HertsARG. We are being offered support from a number of groups and a number of people have agreed to join us in our efforts. A special welcome to Dr Jenny Jones, the county recorder for Reptiles and Amphibians from the Hertfordshire natural history society (www.hnhs.org). Her involvement will be invaluable in ensuring this organisation collects and collates valuable data for conservation and research.