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 email@example.com.
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)
The 2011 Herpetofauna Workers’ Meeting in Cardiff provided the inspiration for setting up the UK’s new Hertfordshire ARmphibian and Reptile Group. As always, this excellent conference allows the annual get-together of 150 people from county ARGs across the UK, and this year’s meeting provided an inspiring set of talks and workshops over two days.
There has never been an ARG group dedicated solely to the county of Hertfordshire. The wildlife charity LEHART covers the counties of London, Essex and Herts, and has a herpetofaunal focus, but it was felt that there was still room for a Herts-based ARG to generate more volunteer interest in amphibians and reptile across the county. Enthusiastic founder of HARG, David Willis, said “The minor problem I have is that there is no existing Herts ARG, and so the new website would have to be as much an appeal for interested members as anything, with a list of sites and tasks to be updated over time, and hopefully links to any organisations that want to be included.”
So please do consider joining Herts ARG by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and get your name added to the email circulation list. A Yahoo Group may also be formed in due course, to allow posting of news, ideas, photos etc.
Also, if you have any ideas now for Herts-based amphibian or reptile projects, please contact us!
Visit to Dorset wall lizard populations
Posted on Wednesday 23rd February, 2011
Dave Willis of Herts ARG visited Dorset in August 2010 to try his luck at spotting one of our most unusual reptile species, the European wall lizard (Podarcis muralis). Although it is not native to Britain, dozens of populations have become established in southern Britain over recent decades. Most of them are probably the result of animals being deliberately released. It is illegal to introduce alien species to the wild, and some conservationists fear that wall lizards may be a danger to native reptiles, especially as they seem to be doing so well. Populations are thriving and spreading in many places, particularly along the south coast of England.
Dorset is one of the ‘hotspots’ with around a dozen populations, and an easy target for a day of wall lizard spotting. Dave Willis was accompanied by Dave Bird when he visited a recently-reported population at the Medieval beauty spot of Corfe Castle. They only saw one animal there, but even this would not have been possible on an hoc visit if there weren’t plenty more of them. The second site was Poole Bay cliffs, where several population centres are spreading outwards along a seven-mile stretch of habitat. Hence the sightings on Dave’s trip last August were numerous.
Dave Willis said: “Although we only turned up one juvenile wall lizard at Corfe Castle, Poole cliffs were teeming with them!.”
HertsARG Structure and constitution
Posted on Wednesday 23rd February, 2011
HertsARG exists to promote the conservation, appreciation and study of Hertfordshire’s native herpetofauna through active conservation and research projects, the promotion of like-minded organisations and groups and other work.
HertsARG will enadeavour to work with all relevant local organisations in order to promote, protect and understand the reptiles and amphibians of Hertfordshire.
HertsARG will both initiate projects and assist other organisations whenever possible.
Membership will be open to all interested parties via application to the chair.
The organisation of HertsARG will be managed through a board elected from membership*, which will include; Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer (if needed), website officer and others as necessary. *When membership commences.
HertsARG intends to be able to work with all age-groups and social identities. All members must be prepared to submit to a CRB check in the event that a project requires it. Abusive, anti-social or discriminatory behaviour whilst engaged on a project, or which may effect the standing or work of the group may result in membership being terminated.