Derbyshire Amphibian and Reptile Group
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About Us

Welcome to Derbyshire Amphibian and Reptile Group we cover the whole of Derbyshire including part of the Peak District National Park.

Our group aims to promote the study and conservation of the amphibians and reptiles of Derbyshire and their habitats. We achieve this by:

  • raising awareness of the ecology and conservation needs of Derbyshire's amphibians and reptiles
  • undertaking practical conservation projects
  • running approximately 20 Toads on Road patrols at locations across the county every spring during the toad migration season
  • carrying out regular reptile surveys and amphibian surveys
  • organising amphibian and reptile training sessions for members and the public
  • providing advice and information and answering queries for the public
  • developing recording, monitoring and research intitatives
  • providing a forum for those interested in amphibians and reptiles
  • working in partnership with other relevant organisations

We hope our website will help you to find the information you are looking for, but if you still have a query, please contact us and we will do our best to help.

Derbyshire ARG always welcome new members to the group, please email us on to join. There is a membership subscription of £5 per year, though that is reviewed at every AGM..

We are very grateful for any records of amphibians and reptiles in your local area that you can pass to us as it helps in mapping the distribution of species and protecting their known habitats. Either contact us directly or use the Record a sighting tab on this website.

The group is run by a committee which is elected at the AGM each year. For 2019 - 2020 the committee elected at the AGM on 2nd March 2019 are:

Chair - Kelvin Lawrence, Vice Chair - Christian Murray-Leslie, Secretary - Chris Monk, Treasurer - Jayne Thompson
Committee members - Richard Fenn Griffin, Lisa Lawrence, James Longley, Emily Major, Trevor Taylor

Kelvin Lawrence is also the Derbyshire Toad Crossings Co-ordinator and Richard Fenn Griffen covers membership and data protection

See a previous newsletters here



Derbyshire ARG data policy





Toad Crossing preparations

Posted on Sunday 20th March, 2016
The cool dry weather has delayed the start of the toad migration season this spring but patrol members have finished installing the temporary toad warning highway signs at locations across the county. All we are waiting for now is some mild and damp weather to encourage the toads to start returning to their breeding ponds.



Show Past Events

Winter pond working party

Sat 22nd February, 2020 - Sat 22nd February, 2020

Working party to carry out clearance of garden variety of Glyceria maxima variegata from old green lane pond at Middle Lane, Brassington.

10.30 to 13.00, tools supplied, need wellies and suitable clothing. Please email derbyshirearg@gmail to take part and receive location map and extra details.


AGM and talk

Sat 29th February, 2020 - Sat 29th February, 2020

Group AGM and talk 2.00pm to 4.30pm,free & open to everybody

To be held at Derbyshire Wildlife Trust HQ, Main Street, Middleton by Wirksworth

Further details to follow

Toad Crossings

Sun 1st March, 2020 - Sun 12th April, 2020

We will be running around 16 toad crossing patrols across Derbyshire during this approximate timespan (depending on the weather).

New volunteers are always welcome please contact us on and we can put you in touch with the nearest patrol to your location.

Derbyshire Countryside Event (TBC)

Sat 23rd May, 2020 - Sun 24th May, 2020

If this event goes ahead at Arkwrights Cromford Mills over teh Spring Bank Holiday weekend, we will be having a stand and talking to people about our native amphibians and reptiles.

Further details to follow later.

Pond dipping

Sat 4th July, 2020 - Sat 4th July, 2020

Avenue Washlands Nature Reserve, Wingerworth family event organised by the Chesterfield branch of the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

Derbyshire ARG will be leading the pond dipping at one of the ponds on the nature reserve which supports a range of amphibians including great crested newts and also grass snakes.

We will also be having our display and information gazebo at the event.

Contact us

Contact Us

Or contact the secretary at:
Hilburn, Chapel Lane,

For Toad Crossings and to contact our Derbyshire Toad Crossings Co-ordinator please email

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