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About us

About Us

Welcome to Cumbria amphibian and reptile group !

As a volunteer run group our aims are to promote the conservation of our native reptiles and amphibians here in Cumbria. Improving the knowledge of the distribution of our native species, educate and increase awareness via surveys and practical conservation.

We are looking for members that would be interested in getting involved in local conservation and receiving training, surveying, attending talks and sharing knowledge and experiences.

The annual membership fee is £5  (free for under 16's and students).

Membership form docxCumbria_ARG_membership_form.docx

Generic risk assessment docARG_UK_Generic_Risk_Assessment_Feb_2018.doc

Lone working risk assessment pdfARGUK_loneworking_procedures_revised_July_2011.pdf

Volunteer form docARGUKVolunteerWorkingAgreement_updated_2018.doc

Constitution (How we operate as a group)docxCumbria_ARG_Constitution_2019.docxdoc

Recording form docxRecording_Form_2019.docx

News

News

January 2020 Toad Patrol Appeal

Posted on Thursday 16th January, 2020

We are appealing for the following:

Volunteers - To help with toad patrols (see 'Cumbria Toad Patrol' in our event section)

Information - We are asking for you to inform us of any unregistered cumbrian toad crossings, especially Carlisle and Penrith area !

Donations - With an increase in voluntary help any local businesses that could help us with the donation of essential toad crossing equipment - Hi vis, buckets and torches - we are keen to hear from you!

Email us: cumbria.arg@gmail.com

 

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   Cumbrian Common Toad (Thompson 2019)


November 2019

Posted on Sunday 24th November, 2019

At the beginning of November we were invited to Lakeland Wildlife Oasis at Milnthorpe.

The visit included a guided informative talk and tour from the reptile and amphibian staff Matt and Sarah (both CARG members) 

We were shown a wide variety of herp species and gained knowlegde on their husbandry requirements, breeding projects and the benefits of the new enclosures installed 

A fantastic day a a very big thank you to all the staff at the Lakeland Wildlife Oasis !

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We welcomed new members to CARG and held a mid year year meeting discussing projects past, present and future 


October 2019

Posted on Wednesday 23rd October, 2019

This week we were in invited to give a talk at the University of Cumbria - Introducing the group, what with have been up to this year, what we have planned and how students can get involved with voluntary work.

pdfCumbria_Amphibian_and_Reptile_Group.pdf    (Presentation slides)

 

Suzanne Collinson also gave and informative talk to the audience in regards to her dissertation work "Using Identification of Slow Worms (Anguis fragilis) to Investigate Refugia Fidelity"

pdfZoo_society_talk.pdf    (Presentation slides)

 

https://www.spreaker.com/episode/19618411      Part 1  (Recording of talk to assist slides)

https://www.spreaker.com/episode/19625619      Part 2   (Recording of talk to assist slides)

Coming up in November - End of Season Trip to Lakeland Wildlife Oasis - See November Events !

 


Mapping Cumbrian Amphibians and Reptiles

Posted on Thursday 26th September, 2019

Over the past couple of months University of Cumbria student Katherine Monaghan (Animal Conservation Science BSc (hons) student) has been working hard on creating a comprehensive map of cumbrian herpetofauna for CARG.

This will help us as a group plan more surveys in the future and we can see if numbers are increasing or decreasing. Putting in to plan conservation measures to maintain or encourage numbers.

Katherine has a passion for Anuran (tailless amphibians - frogs and toads) and is currently helping to collect data for the following PhD study - follow link for more information: 

Scientists are urging the public to help them investigate why the population of toads in the UK is declining.

Katherines is also currently undertaking her dissertation subject titled  "How Temporal and Spatial Factors affect South African Anuran Bioacoustics"

Thank you for all your hard work katherine and keep us up to date with your research !

REMEMBER TO RECORD YOUR SIGHTING - This can be done directly through this web site or you can send records to ourselves at cumbria.arg@gmail.com and we will enter the data for you

We cannot make a difference across the county - unless people record their findings !


August/September 2019

Posted on Thursday 26th September, 2019

The weather put a lot of organised events on hold sadly during August, however volunteers have been busy behind the scenes, with the collaboration of data from surveys undertaken, building a data base for the county and planning training and events for next year.

A presentation is planned for October to introduce the new University of Cumbria Zoology students to slow worms and Cumbria ARG opportunities and our end of season meeting at Lakeland wildlife Oasis will be at the beginning of November (date and time to be confirmed).

Three of the committee members enjoyed a wee holiday on the Isle of Mull in September with various aves and mammals observed. A small group of Common toads living in the cottage garden were the only amphibian or reptiles observed!

Toad Mull


Events

Events

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Herps Workers Meeting 2020

Sat 15th February, 2020 - Sun 16th February, 2020

 

 

The following link will lead to information, registration details, presentations and workshops being held at the conference, held in Southport this coming February 

https://www.arc-trust.org/Event/hwm2020

Herps Workers Meeting 2020

 


CARG Expedition JULY (DATES TBC)

Wed 1st July, 2020

Something a little different for herp enthusiasts !

NOW THAT CHRISTMAS IS OVER,
THERE'S ONLY ONE THING TO
DO..

BOOK A HERP HOLIDAY!?????

An exciting opportunity for ARG members to go to The Gambia in July 2020 and see some of the fantastic wildlife there in an eco-sensitive way. We've got a special deal with Project Wild Gambia for group bookings for our ARGs - or if it is just you, if you email on info@arguk.org, we can try and match you with others going.

Are you passionate about conservation, wildlife and adventure?

Project Wild Gambia (PWG)Wildlife and Conservation Tours and Cumbria Amphibian and Reptile Group (CARG) are delighted to announce the following exciting opportunity!

Join us in July 2020 for a 7 or 14 night Gambian Herp Expedition.

PWG have 20 years of experience studying the wildlife of The Gambia, and involvement in Conservation initiatives and offer a unique insight into the rich wildlife and the pressures it faces.

Every day you will be accompanied by a British Zoologist and a Gambian expert on the habitats you are to visit. PWG have personal connections at community-level and the experience of staff and partners means that you can experience things no other tours can offer.

The first week of the tour visits all of the main habitats found in this incredibly diverse country, maximising your chances of seeing the widest range of species possible.

The second week sees our group gaining field experience, contributing to science and a positive cause, by aiding in essential anuran (frogs and toad) data collection in key wetland areas.

By joining this eco-tourism expedition in the Gambia, seeing its wonderful wildlife is a breath taking and life changing experience, which we can assure, you won’t get anywhere else!

*ARG UK leaders receive a discount (on enquiry) on their members participating*

*ARG UK leaders with 10+ members participating receive a free place (Excluding flights)*

An example of a first week itinerary is available by the following link

https://www.projectwildgambia.com/cargmembers?fbclid=IwAR0s4_R8t0Zn52Wxt7zRYxM3bDJA4YSBECp3pLIPTaMmmPkozN6jx8l1E3c

Project Wild Gambia

Exceptional value with the following included:

BOOKING INFORMATION

Our volunteer research assistant costs start from;

GBP 479 | EUR 522 | AUD 845 | USD 582 per week

What's Included?

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Accomodation

(B&B) 

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In-country transport (including Landrovers and boats)

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Research Permits and Park Entrance Fees

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Guide Fees

PLEASE NOTE: Costs do not include lunch and dinner or the cost of flights (but we will collect you from the airport!). 

 

If this is something that interests you - Please join the following facebook page where the tour will be discussed, questions can be asked and further information is available 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/740700883063664/

CARG GAMBIA EXPEDITION

 

Following photos taken on Gambian tour  (S.Collinson 2018)

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