Welcome to the Norfolk Amphibian and Reptile Group website.
We are a county-wide group run by and for people interested in the study, recording, and conservation of native and introduced wild Amphibians and Reptiles (Herpetofauna).
Our aims are the:
Education of local people regarding the herpetofauna of Norfolk and the UK through public events, lectures, and educational materials.
Recording of Norfolk's herpetofauna by carrying out group surveys, promoting the recording all sightings through the record pools.
Conservation of native herpetofauna by site management and habitat creation
Our activities include:
Provision of training for the identification and surveying reptiles and amphibians.
Presence at a variety of county-wide events for educational purposes.
Organisation a programme of site visits each year.
Collection of data on the distribution of amphibians and reptiles in the county of Norfolk.
Promotion of conservation at countywide events.
Native Norfolk Herpetofauna include the Adder (Vipera berus); Grass snake (Natrix natrix); Slow worm (Anguis fragilis); Common/Viviparous lizard (Zootoca vivipara); Common frog (Rana temporaria); Common toad (bufo bufo); Natterjack toad (Bufo calamita); Great crested newt (Triurus cristatus); Palmate newt (Lissotriton helveticus) and; Smooth newt (Lissotriton vulgaris). Norfolk is also the reintroduction site for the native Pool frog (Pelophylax lessonae) which became extinct in the UK. A 2005 reintroduction project saw specimen brought over from Sweden to re-establish a UK population.
Up to date and complete records of our herpetofauna are important in order to track population distributions and effectively conserve these amazing animals. To report a reptile or amphibian sighting please follow the link to the Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust webpage or use the 'Record your Sightings' link on this website.