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

Looking to get your Great Crested Newt licence?

Posted on Wednesday 18th October, 2017

Every year we are contacted by people looking to acquire references for their Great Crested Newt Licence. This is not a problem, but we require the following;

  • Undertake surveyor training. We run courses every year which give participants the basic skills required to identify Hertfordshire's resident amphibians and reptiles. Coming along to one of these would be a good start! They are held at Bayfordbury Field Centre and give you the opportunity to ask questions and meet other members.
  • Participation in HertsARG activities for a season. From spring to autumn, we are busy conducting surveys and other conservation work. If you are prepared to come along regularly and get involved in surveying, we will be able to assess your identification skills and, importantly, how well you look after the animals. We are a voluntary organisation and rely on people helping out. Even if you can just give one year of assistance, that would be great - although wee hope you stay longer.
  • Exam. Dr Chantal Helm (university of Hertfordshire) has put together a written exam for the end of the season which gives you a chance to show off your knowledge of all things newt. Pass this, and we will provide a reference.

 

Any questions about this, please do not hesitate to get in touch!


Latest speaker to come to HertsARG

Posted on Sunday 22nd November, 2015

Rob Ward, from Kent University, joined us this week to tell us about his work with the Grass Snakes of Jersey. It was interesting to hear about the amount of survey effort that has gone into collecting his data, invloving many volunteers from the island. Of particular interest was his account of the radio tracking of snakes, which showed just how far some individual animals could travel in a relatively short space of time.

Grass Snakes are Hertfordshire's only snake species, and are totally harmless. They will be a target species for the distribution data being collated, and Rob has offered his help and advice in surveying these and other reptile species over the coming years.

 

 


Atlas progress 2015

Posted on Tuesday 1st September, 2015
Under the direction of the Atlas team, headed up by Dr Chantal Helm and Ian Flack of the University of Hertfordshire, we have been busily putting out refugia and checking ponds throughout the survey season. This has yielded dozens of results for amphibians and reptiles and added substantially to our knowledge of the distribution of these species. Please get in touch if you want to get more involved.

Hertfordshire Wildlife Atlas

Posted on Tuesday 24th March, 2015

2015 sees the start of a county wide survey effort, co-ordinated by Hertfordshire Natural History Society (HNHS), the University of Hertfordshire (UH), the Biological Records Centre(BRC)/Herts and Middlesex Wildlife Trust (HMWT) to update the excellent Atlas of the the county's Mammals, Reptiles and Amphibians, published in 2000. Further details can be found here: http://www.hnhs.org/view_news.php?id=102

This is being organised on a Tetrad basis, with people being allocated 2x2km squares across the county, with people being asked to submit data to the BRC. We have already co-ordinated one training day for willing volunteers, which took place in early February, with more planned (see events). If you wish to have further training in reptile and amphibian (herpetological) field techniques, or Mammal ID skills as well as a generally interesting day with like minded people, please come along and get started on your surveying!

The survey will take place over 5 years, and you don't have to restrict yourself to your tetrad when submitting data! Please get involved!

 


2015:Busy year!

Posted on Monday 12th January, 2015

2015 promises to be the busiest year so far for HertsARG. Activities are going to include;

  • GCN surveying courses
  • Reptile and Amphibian ID courses.
  • Frequent countywide visits in order to survey for presence of Herpetofauna.
  • HertsARG representation at conferences worldwide.
  • Proctical conservation and habitat restoration work.

Please get in touch if you are interested!


Events

Events

Past Events

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December Meeting and talk by Jenny Jones on recording

Fri 13th December, 2013

Our December meeting will be held at 8pm at Bayfordbury. There will be a talk by Jenny Jones on reptile and amphibian recording and plans will be made to survey the unrecorded grid squares next year.


Annual ARC and BHS Scientific meeting

Sun 8th December, 2013

ARC & BHS Joint Scientific Meeting 2013.Amphibian and Reptile Conservation & British Herpetological Joint Scientific Meeting 2013.Sunday 8th December 2013, 0930-1700Lecture Hall, Bournemouth Natural Science Society. Registration is essential.http://www.arc-trust.org/about-us/What-we-do/annual-conferences/scientific-meeting


POSTPONED Pond Conservation work party at Bayfordbury

Sat 30th November, 2013

POSTPONED TILL THE NEW YEARHerts ARG have adopted some ponds at Bayfordbury where Great Crested Newts have been recorded which we aim to restore over the winter as part of our conservation management programme. We will have a work party on Sat 30 Nov 10-2pm where we will be removing some overgrown vegetation from one of the ponds.All are welcome to attend. We will provide some tools but please bring along some gloves and a packed lunch. Please send any queries to chantalvhelm@gmail.com


Talk on Smooth Snakes by Will Atkins

Fri 22nd November, 2013

Our November monthly meeting will be held on Fri 22 Nov at Bayfordbury starting at 7pm.Will Atkins will be giving a talk on Smooth Snakes in Dorset.All are welcome to attend.


ARG Conference: Captive breeding and reintroduction

Sun 17th November, 2013

Herefordshire ARG Conference: Captive breeding and reintroduction of UK reptiles and amphibiansSunday 17 November 2013 9-4pmLedbury, Herefordshire, HR81RZ£12 pp, booking essentialContact: Richard King rking.woodlea@btinternet.comhttp://www.herefordhart.org/downloads/WM_ARG_Conference.pdf


Hertfordshire Natural History Society Autumn meeting

Sat 19th October, 2013

HertsARG will be attending the HNHS autumn meeting starting at 2pm on Sat 19 Oct at Woolmer Green Hall. See http://www.hnhs.org/view_meeting.php?id=101 for further details. All are welcome to attend.


Herts Arg Oct Meeting and Slow Worm Monitoring

Sat 12th October, 2013

The October meeting will be held at 3pm on Sat 12 Oct at Bayfordbury Field Station (SG138LD).The meeting will be followed by monitoring of the relocated slow worm population. This will involve, weighing, sexing and measuring and photographing all captured slow worms so that we can keep a record of their body condition going into winter. We will do the same in spring when they emerge from hibernation.


August Meeting- Slow worm workshop

Sat 10th August, 2013

This month's meeting will be held at the Bayfordbury Field Station near Hertford on Sat 10 Aug at 10:30am. The theme will be SLOW WORMS.Rory Dimond will be presenting a talk on his work with slow worms. There will be a reptile survey and we will be laying out a number of refuges around the recent slow worm release site to monitor a population that has been translocated to the site. There will be discussions around appropriate management for reptiles on site.


Chorley Wood visit

Sun 28th April, 2013

Visit to Chorleywood Common to find reptiles and amphibian. 2pm meeting time. If you would like to come along please get in touch.


Toad Crossing check

Thu 18th April, 2013

We are checking out some potential toad crossing sites later this week in North Herts. If these prove to be useful,we will establish a series of toad crossing patrols. PLease let us know if you would like to be more involved.


Contact us

Contact Us

David Willis - Founder
Hatfield
Herts

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

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