Birmingham and Black Country Amphibian and Reptile Group (BBCARG)
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About Us

Hi there!

Welcome to the Birmingham and Black Country Amphibian and Reptile Group page, we are a volunteer-led group actively involved in the conservation of native species of amphibian and reptile and their habitats.

We aim to establish and monitor the distribution and status of amphibians and reptiles in the area; conserve reptiles, amphibians and their habitats through surveys and practical work; foster public interest in amphibians and reptiles and their conservation; and develop the skills of those interested in these species.

We are always happy to hear from people in the area about anything to do with reptiles and amphibians, if you are interested in finding out more or getting involved - please get in touch.

 

Reptile and Amphibian Sightings:

If you have been lucky enough to spot some of our reptiles and amphibians, please report a sighting on our 'Record A Sighting' page.

 

2023/24 Committee:

Chairperson - Amber Hopgood

Secretary - Katy Perry

Treasurer - Matt Armes

Records Officer - Amber Hopgood and Shaun Pope

Birmingham Project Officer - Matt Armes

Black Country Project Officer - Chris Dunn

Training & Events Officer - Amber Hopgood to lead and committee assisting

Website & Social Media Officer - Amber Hopgood to lead and committee assisting

Re-Elected Committee Members - Bekie Perry, Charlene Jones, and Shaun Pope

Newly Elected Committee Members - Annie Gwilt, Elsbeth Leighton, Remy St John-Reid, and Richard Giedrojc

News

News

2023/24 Committee

Posted on Wednesday 22nd March, 2023

We held our 2023 AGM on Tuesday 7th March and welcomed 15 members to hear about what the group has been doing and to elect its 2023/24 committee. Minutes have been emailed to all members, and the election results were as follows:

Role                                   

2022/23 Position                                     

2023/24 Position

Chairperson

Amber Hopgood

Amber Hopgood

Secretary

Katy Perry

Katy Perry

Treasurer

Matt Armes

Matt Armes

Records Officer

Amber Hopgood

Amber Hopgood and Shaun Pope

Birmingham Project Officer

Matt Armes

Matt Armes

Black Country Project Officer

Chris Dunn

Chris Dunn

Training and Events Officer

Amber Hopgood

Amber Hopgood with committee support

Website and Social Media Officer

Amber Hopgood

Amber Hopgood with committee support

Committee Members

Bekie Perry, Charlene Jones, and Shaun Pope

Annie Gwilt, Bekie Perry, Charlene Jones, Elsbeth Leighton, Remy St John-Reid, Richard Giedrojc, and Shaun Pope

 


Welcoming Our New Committee

Posted on Friday 2nd April, 2021

On the 24th March we had our 2021 virtual AGM, and we are very pleased to announce that we have elected our 2021/22 committee and have welcomed a new committee member to the group, bringing our committee to a total of 9 people. 

Role

2020/21

2021/22

Chairperson

Amber Hopgood

Amber Hopgood

Secretary

Katy Perry

Katy Perry

Treasurer

Hannah Lewis

Matt Armes

Records Officer

Charlene Jones

Natalie Norton

Birmingham Project Officer

Charlene Jones

Matt Armes

Black Country Project Officer

Chris Dunn

Chris Dunn

Training and Events

Paul Wilkinson

Paul Wilkinson

Website and Social Media

Amber Hopgood

Amber Hopgood

Ordinary Committee Member

Shaun Pope

Shaun Pope

Ordinary Committee Member

N/A

Dean Cordelle

Ordinary Committee Member

N/A

Charlene Jones

 


Newsletter

Posted on Sunday 22nd November, 2020

Hello everyone,

On behalf of the BBCARG, I hope that you are all well and getting on okay after this year; it has been a strange one for the group - and probably for many of the groups you interact with – as we have not been able to get out and about doing surveying, habitat management or running and attending events. That said, we are hopeful that next year we will be able to do more and already have a few things in the pipeline to work on and invite you to.

This spring, we did not send out requests for membership renewal as we expected that we would not be able to run events as usual. Something we have been working on since then is our very own ARGWEB platform, which will allow us to manage our members and help you manage your membership with us via a log-in portal. Once we have this set-up and working we will be emailing everyone and posting on here with more information, and if you would like to renew or start a membership with us you will be able to do so then.

Member or not, I hope you enjoy our newsletter put together by the committee. Please note that from next year, only our paying members will be receiving our newsletters and will have better access to events, training and updates from us - so if you would like to stay in the loop make sure to join again when we send out the details. Stay safe, and we hope to see you soon. 

View our November 2020 Newsletter here.


Frog or Toad?

Posted on Monday 24th February, 2020

This time of year everyone gets quite excited about the near arrival of our beloved frogs and toads as they move to ponds and start breeding. Many toad patrols are active and well, helping common toads move safely to their breeding ponds. 

If you have ponds and wetlands near you, or some amphibians have taken up refuge somewhere nearby - it is very useful to be able to understand what it is that you've found so that you can then report your findings to us! The more information we have about our frogs and toads, the better we can act to protect and preserve them.

As a result, we've put together some guidance to help you figure out whether you have fabulous frogs or tremendous toads in your local area. The two species are quite distinct when you know what you're looking for, so hopefully this will help.

 

So what are frogs and toads?

  • Find out about common toads (Bufo bufo) - information page and video. Find out what they sound like here.
  • Find out about common frogs (Rana temporaria) - information page and video. Find out what they sound like here.
  • What do frogs and toads look like? ID Guide.
  • But what about in real life? Photos of frogs and toads.
  • What about spawn? Spawn FAQs can be found here

 

If you do find frogs, toads or spawn near you - make sure you report it via the RecordPool portal on our website - find it under the 'Record A Sighting' tab.

 

Note - We 100% encourage people to get out an about looking for our wonderful amphibians, but care is needed. Make sure you're aware of how to keep them safe from harm, make sure you're up to date on amphibian disease. We do not recommend that anyone handle any animals unless it is absolutely necessary. 


AGM

Posted on Thursday 7th March, 2019

After our 'Evening of Herpetology' event, we held our Annual General Meeting (AGM).

During this we reviewed our year, what progress we had made, the successes we had achieved, and we also discussed what we have planned for the upcoming year. 

 

We also elected our new committee, which is as follows:

Chair - Amber Hopgood

Secretary - Katy Perry

Treasurer - Hannah Lewis

Records Officer - Charlene Jones

Website and Social Media Officer - Amber Hopgood

Training and Events Officer - Paul Wilkinson

Newsletter Editor - Tasha Cain

Black Country Project Officer - Piotr Koryl

Birmingham Project Officer - Charlene Jones

Records Assistant/Committee member - Shannon McCallion


Events

Events

Past Events

Show Upcoming Events

West Midlands Regional ARG Conference 2021

Sun 18th July, 2021

The Birmingham and Black Country Amphibian and Reptile Group (BBCARG) are pleased to announce that we are organising the West Midlands Regional ARG Conference in conjunction with Amphibian and Reptile Groups UK (ARG UK) via Zoom on Sunday 18th July 2021.

The theme of the conference will be: ‘Managing reptile and amphibian conservation in a time of increasing public pressure on wildlife’. As we are all too aware in the Midlands, many local populations of our beloved amphibians and reptiles are in a precarious state due to factors such as habitat fragmentation and human disturbance, and in a time of increasing pressure on our native species and the habitats they depend on they need all the help they can get.

Greater public engagement with reptiles and amphibians is a welcome step to encouraging greater interest in the natural world and support for the conservation of what are sometimes considered ‘less cuddly’ species, but it needs careful management to ensure that the balance between species conservation and public interest is maintained. This paradox is what we aim to explore with this conference - by looking at the different methods that our ARGs, land managers and other conservation professionals adopt to ensure the animals are protected and can thrive, whilst also educating and inspiring people to join us in doing so. We will aim to share our ideas and experiences to improve the work that we all do in the region and find answers to some of these problematic questions.

This is a fantastic opportunity for us all to get together, and find out the latest news and research findings from the West Midlands. The full speaker programme and schedule will be available soon, but we hope to bring you talks from a variety of local ARGs and organisations such as the National Trust, Wildlife Trust and Back From The Brink.

To sign up for this meeting please follow the link to Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/west-midlands-regional-arg-conference-2021-tickets-157963969485

Please note the deadline for ticket purchases will be Friday 16th July 2021.

Our Zoom meeting is generously supported by NHBS and The Garfield Weston Foundation.


Membership and Login

Membership and Login

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If you would like to get involved with the group and its activities, you will need to become a member. Membership costs just £4 a year, and as a member you will:

  • Get updates on our work via social media and email

  • Receive our newsletter

  • Be invited to our courses, surveys and other events, which you can access for free

  • Have access to our ARGWEB platform

  • Help us conserve and monitor our local reptiles and amphibians

  • Learn about our local reptile and amphibian species

  • Be entitled to reduced registration fees at ARG UK and ARC Trust events

 

You can become a member by clicking the PayPal 'Subscribe' button below, which will set up an automatically renewing £4/year subscription to the BBCARG. You can cancel this subscription at any time via your PayPal account, or by emailing us. 

 

 

If you do not have a PayPal account, you can download our membership form (here: docxBBCARG_Volunteer_Membership_form_2019.docx). Once complete please set up a bank transfer using the details provided and email the form to us at bbcarg@gmail.com

 

Past Newsletters:

December 2020 Newsletter

February 2019 Newsletter

 

Member Login 

Welcome to our ARGWEB members portal! Here you will be able to log in to the BBCARGWEB system and manage your membership preferences.

 

Wildlife Advice

Wildlife Advice

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Unsure what species of amphibian or reptile you have seen?

 

Have a look at these handy guides to help you identify the animal you have seen - you can also get in touch with any queries.

Reptile ID Guide

Amphibian ID Guide

 

More information on reptiles and amphibians

Frogs, toads and spawn  

Newts 

Lizards 

Snakes 

Slow worm

Non-native species 

Reptile and amphibian habitats 

 

Found a sick, injured or dead reptile or amphibian?

Have a look at these handy guides to help you identify what you have seen - you can also get in  touch with any queries. Any and all animals should be reported to Garden Wildlife Health.

Amphibian disease (Chytrid and Ranavirus)

Reptile disease (Snake Fungal Disease)

Amphibian disease precautions

 

You can also find advice on the following topics:

Gardens and ponds

Snakes in gardens 

 

Photo gallery

Photo Gallery

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Contact us

Contact Us

For further information on the work of BBCARG contact us by email or find us on one of our social media platforms.

We would like to encourage everyone who has an interest in reptiles and amphibians to join our group as a member.

 

 

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