CRAG aims to increase awareness and action on behalf of Cornwall's reptiles (snakes and lizards) and amphibians (frogs, toads and newts) Its activities include
Outings and meetings to develop members knowledge of the species found in the county
Participation in survey work
Practical conservation tasks
We also have social activities and get togethers with other specialist wildlife groups.
The group is open to anyone who would like to be involved with amphibian and reptile conservation in Cornwall.
A small annual subscription of £5.00 is payable by all Members, except students who can currently become a member for free. New members are welcome to apply to join at any time. You can download a membership form here: CRAG_2019_Membership_Application_Form_Blank.docx.
Ninja Turtle Races to Protect Amphibians and Reptiles
Posted on Wednesday 1st May, 2019
Dr Steve Green, CRAG Scientific Officer, completed the London Marathon in a time of 4 hrs 38 mins, wearing the costume people voted for on his Giving page - a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle! So far he has raised over £2000 for Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, not including additional Gift Aid, and this amount is still going up. There is still time to donate so please do visit his fundraising page. Stephen Green London Marathon 2019. Congratulations Steve! A fantastic achievement.
Volunteers brave the rain at Treloggan Doorstep Green
Posted on Monday 10th December, 2018
A big thank you to the volunteers from CRAG and Treloggan Doorstep Green Residents Association who braved the rain on Saturday 8th December to maintain the Treloggan Doorstep pond!
Volunteers dug out the silted stream and removed fly tipped rubbish, allowing water to flow into the pond to improve habitat quality and preserve this valuable site. The pond is home to a variety of aquatic invertebrates and spawning amphibians such as frogs, toads and newts.
This pond is of significant interest as it provides refuge to our native plants and animals such as water forget-me-not and amphibians. The Doorstep Green is also an invaluable educational and recreational space for local residents to enjoy.
In Britain we are losing many of our ponds due to pressures from urban development, pollution and agricultural drainage. These pressures can lead to reduced habitat quality, fragmentation of habitats and loss of the land entirely.
Thanks again to the volunteers, it was great to see both new and familiar faces, we hope to see you soon on future trips!
Want to get involved? Contact us to find out how you can help the reptiles and amphibians of Cornwall and their habitats.
Penhale Outing 2018
Posted on Saturday 26th May, 2018
Thank you to everyone who showed up to the Joint CRAG/CWT outing to Penhale on Sunday 20th May 2018.
The weather was ideal for the visit. Our small group was treated to sights of no less than 22 slow worms, as well as a grass snake and a small toad.
Special thanks to Cornwall Wildlife Trust ranger, Jon Cripps, who was also able to point out some of the rare flora and fauna that make this a very unique location.
CRAG AGM 2017
Posted on Saturday 4th November, 2017
The CRAG AGM 2017 took place at Cornwall College, Newquay on Monday 9th October.
Successes over the past year include a well-attended trip to Carn Moor, the setting of tins and monitoring at Tregantle (nr Saltash) and a surge in new members thanks to CRAG's attendance at various events including the Freshers Fair at Cornwall College, Newquay.
Nicola Morris and Steve Green chose to step down from their secretary positions due to pressure from other commitments. Jade Clayson has taken on general secretary duties, while Ruth Corbett will be the new Membership Secretary.
Helen gave us an update on her work with Sand Lizards and their habitat management.
We discussed the situation and requirements of sites we currently monitor and suggested new sites we could take on.
Hi all, I am a researcher at the University of Exeter (Penryn Campus) investigating frog colouration and predator vision. I am looking for potential sites in Cornwall to conduct my research: anything from small garden ponds, to larger natural habitats that may be home to the common frog. If you are able to help, or would like to know more about my research please get in touch: firstname.lastname@example.org – thanks! Alice Rosen