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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

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


Coming up......

Posted on Wednesday 31st July, 2019

Volunteers wanted

With Cumbria being a large county we are looking for volunteers to help create sub groups in the south, west and central areas.

A least one day a month commitment to help run toad patrols in the new year and surveys next spring.

If this interests you please email cumbria.arg@gmail.com 

Watchtree basic survey day

During August (date to be confirmed) we are holding a training day on basic reptile - common lizard / amphibian- frog and toad survey techniques. This is for members only and will include an introduction to the species, how to plan and carry out a survey. Refugia will be placed across the reserve and a continuation of monitoring will take place early next year.

Data collection

A conservation student from The University of Cumbria is currently compiling a reptile and amphibian data map for Cumbria which will help us progress with surveys in the future.

Lakeland Wildlife Oasis Event

Towards the end of September and to mark the end of summer surveying "Lakeland Wildlife Oasis" are inviting us to a exclusive tour of their park (wildlife park group fee applies). However, anyone that attends this event will receive a planned second event early next year (free of charge) this will be to visit their new reptile enclosures and conservation breeding programmes.

 

 

 

 


June/July 2019

Posted on Wednesday 31st July, 2019

A busy couple of months with the continuation of survey work at Natural England sites Cliburn moss and Finglandrigg.

Please email cumbria.arg@gmail.com if you are interested in helping monitor Common lizards at Cliburn moss.

clib suzie frogfing guy adder

 

In June as part of the University of Cumbria outreach team, Suzanne introduced locals to some exotics -Royal python, Corn snake and Gecko at the Cumberland Show and chatted about native reptiles and amphibians which can be found in Cumbria as well

cumberland show 1.

 

In July a presentation was given to Dalston parish council detailing the dissertation work carried out by Suzanne Collinson on the local slow worm population which resides in the village. This included information on how identifying individual slow worms helps give a more accurate population count and it enables the monitoring of movement across the site.

pres parish

A continuation of this was also spending a day at the local primary school introducing reptiles, habitats and conservation to the children.

sch pressch pres 2

 

Also members of the Cumbria amphibian and reptile Facebook group were invited to a informative talk by Foulshaw moss reserve manager Paul Waterhouse on the amphibian and reptile species that can be found at the Cumbria wildlife trust site in south Cumbria. 

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MAY 2019

Posted on Friday 14th June, 2019

Project updates

Cliburn Moss

An excellent productive day, welcoming new members to Cumbria ARG.

An introduction to reptile ecology and survey techniques.

Recording 3 adult Common lizards, adult and juvenile frogs and toads.

cm liz survey 1

This is an on going regular survey for Natural England - if you would like to be involved please get in touch via cumbria.arg@gmail.com !

Finglandrigg

Monitoring of Adders has taken place on a regular basis by a dedicated team of volunteers.

Refugia is checked for Adder presence.

Where possible and with as little disturbance as possible, photographs have been taken via a long lensed camera, these images are to build a data base of individuals at the site.

adder

A wildlife camera has been set up to record individuals and behaviour with some excellent results (available on our Facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/groups/589703024785031/chats/)

 

 

 


Events

Events

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A Trip to the Zoo !

Sun 10th November, 2019

Sunday the 10th of November 10.00 am onwards we have a end of season trip to Lakeland Wildlife Oasis at Milnthorpe LA7 7FE

  • Meeting at 10 am at the Oasis we will be given a personal guided tour of the herp enclosures (animal handling included !!!!!!!)

 

  • The committee and members will have an end of season meeting, reflecting on the first few months and what as a group we have planned for 2020 

 

  • Non members are more than welcome to join us if they wish to meet us, they would like to become members, they have ideas for future events etc.and to find out what we have planned

 

  • The rest of the day is yours to enjoy at your own pace

 

  • The entrance price for this visit has been kindly reduced to £7 per adult - this also includes a CARG organised return visit  - FREE OF CHARGE - at the beginning of next year !!!!!!!!

 

Link to website https://wildlifeoasis.co.uk/

 

 

 

 

 


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