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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 derbyshirearg@gmail.com 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 2021 - 2022 the committee elected at the AGM on 10th November 2021 are:

Chair - Kelvin Lawrence, Vice Chair - Christian Murray-Leslie, Secretary - Chris Monk, Treasurer - Jayne Thompson
Committee members - Garry Dorrell, Richard Fenn Griffin, Zoe Lingard, James Longley, Sheila Stubbs, Trevor Taylor and Ben Wyke

Kelvin Lawrence is also the Derbyshire Toad Crossings Co-ordinator for the Group & for Froglife and Richard Fenn Griffen moderates our Facebook page

See a previous newsletters here

 pdfJanuary_2021_DARG_newsletter_31.pdf

pdfAugust_2020_DerbyshireARG_newsletter.pdf

pdfFebruary_2020_DARG_Events_newsletter.pdf

pdfDARG_April_2019_newsletter.pdf

pdfDARG_January_2019_newsletter.pdf

 

Derbyshire ARG data policy

pdfDARG_data_protection_policy_November_2018.pdf

 

News

News

GCN eDNA results

Posted on Monday 11th July, 2016

The first results are back from the eDNA water samples taken by the group on the GCN training course day and on the field trip in May.

The water sample from the pond at Hilton Gravel Pits SSSI nature reserve came back negative for great crested newts, so they appear to be avoiding this pond which probably has more fish than the one we saw at the time of sampling.

The village mere pond sampled on the field trip and the restored field dewpond both near Hartington came back as positive for great crested newts.

The results from the pond sampled as part of Freshwater Habitats Trust PondNet project will be know later in the year.


Reptile survey updates

Posted on Monday 11th July, 2016
Further cover objects (roofing felt squares) were put out in June on our two survey sites near Cromford and Hassop to give coveage on additional areas. The numbering was also renewed as some had weathered off. Organised visits are planned for later this summer.

eDNA surveys

Posted on Saturday 11th June, 2016

Derbyshire ARG organised a field survey trip at the end of May to carry out water sampling for sending away to test for the presence of great crested newt environmental DNA in water bodies.

The first site in the morning was to carry out the GCN eDNA sampling and pond habitat survey for Freshwater Habitats Trust's PondNet project. The large field pond near Pilsbury in the Peak District was the water body selected by FHT and members completed the survey and took the water samples. The result of the eDNA sampling will be known later in the year.

The group then moved on to sample two other ponds a few miles away to take additional eDNA samples for analysis by ADAS. A village mere restored in the 1980's by the Peak District National Parlk Authority was sampled first and the eDNA result was positive for the presence of great crested newts.

A circular field dewpond near Hartington that was restored in 2012 by the Peak District National Parlk Authority from its previous silted and leaking condition was then visited. The eDNA water sample was positive for the presence of great crested newts, confirming that it was worthwhile to have restored this pond which had no previous amphibian records. Whilst taking the samples frog and toad tadpoles and a female smooth newt were seen meaning that this pond supports 4 amphibian species.

A third eDNA sample taken earlier at one of the ponds on Hilton Gravel Pits SSSI nature reserve for Derbyshire Wildlife Trust returned a negative result for great crested newt presence, which was not surprising as it has a connection to a fishing lake and a fish was seen during the sampling.


2016 Toad crossings

Posted on Monday 2nd May, 2016

After yet another late season, not really starting until the end of March the road patrols have now finished for this year. Seems to have been a definite gradient across the county with patrols in the south of the county mostly having higher numbers this year, those in the central part being down on each of the last two years and those in the northwest having a very poor year.

At 6 of the sites male toads were measured for the ARGUK Toadsize project.


Reptile surveys 2016

Posted on Sunday 20th March, 2016

Dates have been fixed for member's spring visits to sites where we have reptile surveys running this year. 

At present one survey is running at Hassop in the Peak District National Park in co-operation with the National Park Ranger Service and another is at a Derbyshire Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve near Cromford.

A smaller survey may be added this spring at another site close to Cromford and further dates announced for later in the year.


Events

Events

Show Past Events

Pond Dipping at Avenue Washlands Nature Reserve

Sat 9th July, 2022 - Sat 9th July, 2022

Third time lucky as was cancelled in 2020 & 2021 due to Covid.

Chesterfield local group of the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust's Avenue Washlands Nature Reserve event off Mill Lane at Wingerworth Main event running from 10.00 to 16.00

We will be having a stall and running pond dipping sessions at 12.00 and 14.30 Pond has good range of invertebrates and smooth & great crested newts.

Other species groups will be doing bird ringing at 07.00 and moth trapping at 22.00

 Avenue Washlands 9 July event posterLeaflet 1Leaflet 2


Linacre Reptile Survey

Sat 16th July, 2022 - Sat 16th July, 2022

Reptile survey visit to Severn Trent Water's Linacre Reservoirs near Chesterfield which has records for grass snake and common lizard. As well as a visual survey on site we will be checking cover objects which were laid out in March this year.

Please email the group on derbyshirearg@gmail.com to book a place. Car parking charges apply (£3.00 for over 2 hours)

Survey dependent on weather conditions so may be postponed to a new date if continuous rain is forecast for the day.

Photo showing Severn Trent volunteers putting out the cover objects at one location on the site

2022 03 01 Linacre laying out ACOs


North Lees reptile survey

Sat 30th July, 2022 - Sat 30th July, 2022

Reptile survey for the Stanage Forum. This visit will be to survey the North Lees, Dennis Knoll and Long Causeway sections of the estate.

Further details to follow

Common lizard on wall near Dennis Knoll

P20210926 12.49 Lizard on wall


Stanage Reptile survey

Sat 13th August, 2022 - Sat 13th August, 2022

Reptile survey for the Stanage Forum. This visit will be to survey the Cattis-side Moor and Stanage Plantation sections of the estate.

Further details to follow


Hassop Common reptile survey

Sat 27th August, 2022 - Sat 27th August, 2022

Long term reptile survey on  asite that has slow-worms, common lizard and also occasional toads.

More details to follow


Reptile survey at Linacre Reservoirs

Sat 10th September, 2022 - Sat 10th September, 2022

A second reptile survey visit to Severn Trent Water's Linacre Reservoirs near Chesterfield which has records for grass snake and common lizard. As well as a visual survey on site we will be checking cover objects which were laid out in March this year.

Please email the group on derbyshirearg@gmail.com to book a place. Car parking charges apply (£3.00 for over 2 hours)

Survey dependent on weather conditions so may be postponed to a new date if continuous rain is forecast for the day.

Photo showing Severn Trent volunteers putting out the cover objects at one location on the site

2022 03 01 Linacre laying out ACOs


Derbyshire Woodlands Festival at Elvaston Castle Country Park

Sat 17th September, 2022 - Sun 18th September, 2022

Derbyshire ARG will be having a stand at the annual Derbyshire County Council Countryside Service's Woodland Festival.

Free event open each day from 10.00am to 5.00.pm. Car parking charges apply.


Contact us

Contact Us

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Or contact the secretary at:
DerbyshireARG
Hilburn, Chapel Lane,
Middleton,
Matlock,
Derbyshire
DE4 4NF

For Toad Crossings and to contact our Derbyshire Toad Crossings Co-ordinator please email derbyshirearg.toads@gmail.com

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