North West Wales Amphibian and Reptile Group (NWWARG)
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North West Wales ARG (NWWARG) seeks to involve the public in the conservation and recording of reptiles and amphibians. We are developing links with other local conservation groups, and working closely with Bangor University Herpetological Society in order to complete projects and develop records for the area.


Between our volunteers, we have the necessary licences to permit full surveys of all species present in our area, including Great Crested Newts and Sand Lizards.


We hold annual identification and training events for the correct practices of surveying for reptiles and amphibians. NWWARG also run other activities throughout the year such as habitat management, surveying and monthly meetings. Should you wish to get involved, or simply to be kept updated of our progress, please join our Facebook, InstagramTwitter, You Tube or email us at!



Sam Training                                                                                                                              Photo Credit: Sam Handy




Mae ARG Gogledd-orllewin Cymru (NWWARG) yn ymgeisio i annog y cyhoedd i gymryd rhan mewn cadwraeth a recordio ymlusgiaid ac amffibiaid. Rydym yn datblygu cysylltiau gyda grwpiau cadwraeth leol arall, ac yn gweithio’n agos gyda Chymdeithas Herpetoleg Prifysgol Bangor er mwyn cyflawni prosiectau ac i gynhyrchu recordiau i’r ardal.


Rhwng ein gwirfoddolwyr, mae gennym ni’r trwyddedau angenrheidiol i wneud arolygiadau llawn o'r rhywogaethau sy’n bresennol yn ein hardal, gan gynnwys y fadfall dd?r cribog a madfall y tywod.


Rydym ni’n cynnal sesiynau hyfforddiant blynyddol ar y dull cywir i arolygu am ymlusgiaid ac amffibiaid. Mae NWWARG hefyd yn rhedeg digwyddiadau arall trwy gydol y flwyddyn megis rheolaeth gynefin, arolygu a chyfarfodydd misol. Os rydych chi eisiau cymryd rhan, neu ddilyn ein cynnydd, dilynwch ni ar ein tudalennau Facebook, InstagramTwitter, You Tube, neu e-bostiwch ni at!




Rixton Claypits Group Photo Feb 2018

                                                                                                                      Llun Cwrteisi o: Nathan Rusli





Useful Resources

Useful Resources


ARG UK Amphibian ID Guide




ARG UK Reptile ID Guide




ARG UK - Precautions for Amphibian Disease Advice Note




ARG UK - B.sal Disease Alert




ARG UK - Amphybiocystidium Pathogen Factsheet




ARG UK - Information on submitting shed skins to Genbank




ARG UK - Priorities for adder conservation from the Vanishing Vipers conference





Social Media Update!

Posted on Wednesday 21st February, 2018

NWWARG can now be found on Instagram and You Tube


Mae NWWARG nawr yn gallu cael ei ddarganfod ar Instagram a You Tube!


Instagram: @northwestwalesarg

You Tube: NWWARG 



Show Past Events

Great Crested Newt Course

Sun 18th March, 2018 - Sun 18th March, 2018

NWWARG volunteers will have the opportunity to participate in a Great Crested Newt training course led by ARC's North Wales Officer, Mandy Cartwright. 


The training course will be held in Brambell Building, Bangor University, we will then head to Newborough for practical surveying experience.

The running order of the event has been provided below. Transport to and from Newborough will be provided. As we're a voluntary organisation, we do ask for a £2 donation towards fuel costs. 



1pm - Arrival and Introductions

1.15pm - Newt ID - Aquatic and Terrestrial phases.

2pm - Break

2.15pm - Amphibian Survey techniques

3pm - Habitat management

3.30pm - Break

3.45pm - Habitat Management Workshop

4.30pm - Bio-security and threats to newts.

5pm - Break

5.15pm - Health and Safety and information regarding survey at Newborough 5.45pm.

Finish - Food

Head over to Newborough at 6.45





Photo Credit: ARG UK

Bangor Science Festival

Sat 10th March, 2018 - Sat 10th March, 2018


"It's that time of year again when Bangor University opens their doors to show you the wonders of the scientific world!
The live flash bang chemistry show will be back as well as the chance to see real fossils and then make your own! Don't miss your chance to hold some live reptiles and peer into the worlds of fish and others!"


NWWARG will have a stall at the festival, with native reptiles, snap and colouring sheets. Come over and visit us! It's also a chance to find out more about the conservation work we do. 


Brambell Building, Bangor University 

10:00 - 16:00


More information:…/e…/hidden-worlds-exhibition-11585 



Handling Festival

Science Fair

Toad Patrolling

Sun 25th February, 2018 - Sun 25th February, 2018

Join us on our weekly toad patrols in Treborth on Sundays. We will meet at 19:00 in the Brambell Building car park, Bangor University. Transport will be provided.



We will be moving toads migrating to breeding ponds off the road. 




Toad Patrol   

Photo credit: Axel Barlow

Contact us

Contact Us







Or Contact/Neu Cysylltwch â :


Rhiannon Williams (Chair)


Mobile: 07503 075209

Twitter: @Rhiannon_C_W


Benjamin Owens (Treasurer)



Bryony Jones (Lead Recorder)



Joshua Smith (Engagement Officer)













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