Hampshire And Isle of Wight Amphibian and Reptile Group (HIWARG)
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Following a recent reorganisation, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Amphibian and Reptile Group (HIWARG) has recruited a new acting committee, to help coordinate the interim volunteer effort towards conserving amphibians and reptiles in this important county, whilst the group gets back to full strength. We are fortunate that our county covers a huge geographic area and a very diverse breadth of habitat including: the Isle of Wight, the New Forest National Park, the South Downs National Park, as well as many other unspoiled areas, including as Woolmer Forest. It is therefore unsurprising that we are host to 12 out of the 13 native amphibians and reptiles in UK, including rarities such as the natterjack toad, sand lizard and smooth snake, and wherever you live in the county there will be opportunities to survey and monitor an assemblage of amphibian and reptile species.

If you have some spare time, and would like to be involved with HIWARG, then please do contact us on: hornsbyh001@gmail.com.



HIWARG Re-Launch

Posted on Wednesday 28th June, 2017

On Saturday 3rd of June, a meeting was held at the Golden Lion in Winchester to discuss the future of the what was previously known as Hampshire Amphibian and Reptile Group.

We are delighted that the group will now be relauching under the new name of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Amphibian and Reptile Group (HIWARG).

To help steer the group through it's infancy, Paul Edgar will be serving as acting Chair, Rebecca Harvey as acting Treasurer and Harry Hornsby as acting Secretary.

We are excited to help move forward in a positve manor and several events are already being planned. Keep your eyes on this space!

Amphibians and Reptiles in Hampshire: The HARG 2012 Annual Report

Posted on Thursday 4th May, 2017

Welcome to the 2012 HARG Herpetofauna Report!pdfHARG_Annual_Report_2012.pdf

I am delighted to say our recording effort is steadily increasing – this is great news but we still need your help! Remember, your record of a frog in your garden may fill an empty 1km square or update an old record. One of the highlights in 2012 was that we hosted the annual ARG UK SE Regional Meeting at Marwell with the theme of ‘Best Practice; legislation, survey & mitigation’. This was obviously a popular topic as it was attended by over 90 delegates from all aspects of herpetology. As development pressure increases, it is increasingly up to each of us to protect what we can despite living under “the greenest government ever”.

We live in uncertain times with regard to the economy and the environment and we hope the conference stirred some positive support for herptiles on a national level. Continuing the positive note, field events were well-attended (by both people and herptiles) as well as our Species Groups social in Winchester [isn’t there a saying about ‘as drunk as a newt’? Eds]. Shatterford Bottom, in the heart of the New Forest, was a fantastic venue for a summer evening walk listening to the raucous Marsh Frog, churring Nightjars, drumming Snipe and other nocturnal wildlife. On our trip to Boscombe, all participants were rewarded with stunning views of both Green and Wall Lizards. Remember HARG is always looking for members with even just a small amount of time to help run events, meetings and organise surveys. So if you’d like to get involved in some small way please get in touch.

We look forward to hearing from you!


John Poland HARG Chair



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