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)
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!
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.