ARAG was first set up in 1995 and has become firmly established since 2006. It seeks to promote reptile and amphibian conservation throughout the counties of Bristol, South Glos, Bath & North East Somerset and North Somerset. It aims to improve the knowledge of the distribution of our native herpetofauna, educate the public and increase the awareness of the challenges faced by this group of animals.
ARAG is committed to achieving these aims through surveys, undertaking practical conservation projects, and assisting with local toad patrols.
If you are keen to join the group and participate in activities then please complete the joining slip and email this to firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also join our Facebook group by clicking on this link - https://www.facebook.com/groups/AvonRAG/
Please note that simply joining the Facebook group will not give you membership to the full group. For this you will need to complete the joining slip and email this to email@example.com
If you are visiting this site having seen a media clip or press release about toad patrols then hopefully we can help point you in the right direction. Please click on the Toad Patrols tab above.
The ReSSSuscitate Project aims to improve existing wild & semi wild areas within the Frome Valley area to make them more suitable for existing but fragmented reptile & amphibian populations.
Our initial aims include creation of log piles, stone piles and compost/manure heaps (for grass snake egg-laying) at some of the wilder areas allowing reptiles to bask and breed more successfully. We also aim to map and improve ponds in the area and to encourage people to manage the land and introduce habitat features and plants that benefit reptiles & amphibians. As well as parks & wild or green spaces there are also schools and allotments within the zone and so we will be aiming to engage those stakeholders to improve linked habitat in the wider area too.
We are already working with Bristol Council at one of the core sites but will be appealing to our members to get involved with habitat improvements and engagement with other stakeholders to help us grow the project.
More details to follow soon including the logo for the project and information on how you can get involved.........
ARAG Toad Patrols take place in Fishponds, Chew Valley & Bitton and we support independent toad patrols in Bath & Portishead too as well as at other sites throughout the former county of Avon. To find your nearest Toad Patrol visit the Froglife Map - http://www.froglife.org/what-we-do/toads-on-roads/tormap/
To join up with a toad patrol in Fishponds, Chew Valley & Bitton you can visit the relevant facebook page below. You can download the risk assessment and insurance forms from there. You can then email the completed insurance form to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you aren't on facebook then you can email email@example.com confirming which patrol you would like to help with and we can send you the relevant patrol pack.
Check out the link below for footage shot by ITV whilst out patrolling with our volunteers in Fishponds.....
Toad Patrols are now winding down across our area but we are still checking on sites each night for toads that may be returning from their breeding lakes.
ARAG Toad Patrols take place in Fishponds, Chew Valley & Bitton and we support independent toad patrols in Bath & Portishead too as well as at other sites throughout the former county of Avon.
To join up with a toad patrol please visit the relevant facebook page. You can download the risk assessment and insurance forms from there. You can then email the completed insurance form to firstname.lastname@example.org
After a very successful event in 2009, Bristol Water have organised another Wild at Chew Day. This is a fantastic opportunity to come and learn about the bugs, birds and beasts living in and around the margins of Chew Valley Lake. Bristol Water staff will also be on hand to discuss their management programmes currently being undertaken to preserve these habitats and species.
ARAG has conducted surveys around the lake and will be present on the day to chat to members of the public about amphibians and reptiles, in particular how to identify them, where to look and what you can do to help protect them. An excellent event for budding herpetologists!
If you are able to attend then we shall see you anytime from 10am at:
I look forward to seeing you all there!
If you are visiting this site having seen a media clip or press release about toad patrols then hopefully we can help point you in the right direction.
For patrols run by ARAG (Fishponds, Chew Valley, Bitton & Paulton) you can download the risk assessment & insurance forms by visiting the next tab - Toad Patrol Forms. You cannot join the group until you have completed the insurance forms so please do this before getting in touch.
For other patrols in the area please hit the link to the virtual map below. This will direct you to your closest toad patrol and will put you in touch with the Patrol Leader for that site.
To join one of the patrols run by ARAG you must complete an insurance form by visiting the next tab - Toad Patrol Forms.
If you use Facebook then you can also visit/join the Facebook group for the patrol of your choosing. Joining the Facebook groups alone will not add you as a member of that toad patrol group. Visit the next tab for this.
Fishponds Toad Patrol - https://www.facebook.com/groups/FishpondsToads/
Chew Toad Patrol - https://www.facebook.com/groups/ChewToads/
Bitton Toad Patrol - https://www.facebook.com/groups/BittonToads/
Paulton Toad Patrol - https://www.facebook.com/groups/paultontoads
To get in touch with other local patrols via Facebook please follow the links below:
Portishead - https://www.facebook.com/portisheadfrogs/
Cameley & Clutton - https://www.facebook.com/groups/282369559920106
Join a Toad Patrol by Completing the Forms Below:
We are looking for volunteers to help with our annual toad patrols. Patrols take place nightly in early spring each year. If you are interested in helping with the patrol then please download the attached files for the relevant patrol below and email the completed insurance form to the email address specified below. You cannot join a patrol until you have read the risk assessment & completed an insurance form so please do this before getting in touch. The Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) file should answer the majority of questions you may have and further guidance will be provided when you start to patrol. Please read the FAQs before asking any questions as its a very busy time of year for our Patrol Leaders.
Fishponds Toad Patrol - please email the insurance form to Fishpondstoads@arag.org.uk
Chew Toad Patrol - please email the insurance form to Chewvalleytoads@arag.org.uk
Bitton Toad Patrol - please email the insurance form to email@example.com
Paulton Toad Patrol - please email the insurance form to firstname.lastname@example.org
Joining ARAG - To join please complete the attached ARAG Joining Slip and email this to Info@arag.org.uk Once approved you will be sent an email via our website.
You can also join/follow our Facebook page too. Please note that joining the Facebook group alone does not add you to our membership list for ARAG or for individual Toad Patrols.
Submitting Reptile & Amphibian Records - Please visit the Record A Sighting tab. You can submit your records directly from this tab. If you have seen a snake or lizard please also email Info@arag.org.uk
If you have seen large numbers of amphibians on roads in springtime in an area not covered by one of our Toad Patrols please email Info@arag.org.uk
General Enquiries & Rescues - if you need assistance or need to contact us about an amphibian or reptile rescue please contact Info@arag.org.uk Please note that we are a volunteer organisation with limited resources.
Upcoming events will be listed here.