ARGL exists to promote the conservation of amphibians and reptiles in Lancashire and Greater Manchester and we do this in a variety of ways. We’re always happy to work with other groups that share our general objectives, so if you’re part of another organisation and feel that we could work in partnership please get in touch.
There’s always lots more ARGL could do, but we achieve as much as we can with the resources available. If you’re able to help organise events please contact us.
In 2010 ARGSL launched the Lancashire Amphibian and Reptile Atlas project (LARA).LARA holds over 5000 records covering Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside.If you would like to request a data search for amphibian or reptile records in Lancashire, Greater Manchester or Merseyside, please follow this link and submit your data search request to LARA.
This ARG was established in 2004 and known as ARGSL (The Amphibian and Reptile Group of South Lancashire) until 2017. The name change to ARGL was made to more accurately reflect the recording area of the group. Much of the publicity material produced by ARGSL is still relevant today, so we've included it in our downloads section. We haven't gone through an expensive re-branding exercise so you'll find many references to ARGSL remain throughout this website.
If you'd like to develop the skills to find out which species of amphibian are present in a pond, we have two events planned so far:
April 13th: Phillips Park, Whitefield. - meet at 19.15 finishing around 21.30-22.00. There will be a return visit the following morning to retrieve bottle traps.
April 13th: Boz Park, Whitefield. This will be another opportunity to practice amphibian survey techniques, but without the use of bottle traps.
If you'd like to attend either event please contact David Orchard: argsl*btinternet.com. Please note that numbers are limited and that places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
On Sunday December 2nd we'll be working at Rixton Claypits to improve the habitat for great crested newts. The work will involve the removal of scrub to prevent excessive shading of ponds. Meet at the Visitors Centre at 10am, or please contact us for further details.
Arranging survey events in spring is always difficult as it’s the busiest time of year for many people. However this year we’re trying something new: a number of ARGL members have offered to coordinate one event each which has provided an interesting and varied programme.
Please take a look at the list of events listed for March to May and if you’d like to attend any of them please e-mail us asap. One of the challenges is that it’s difficult to confirm survey dates in advance, mainly due to the weather, but also due to people’s work commitments. We’ll let the event organiser know you’re interested and they’ll be in touch with you directly to confirm a date, time and place to meet up. If you’ve any queries please get in touch.
Late March/early April
Pond digging at Oakwood Park, Salford
Visit to natterjack breeding pools near Ainsdale
Slow-worm survey near Timperley (from April onwards)
Late April/ May
Amphibian survey training near Bolton (late April/early May)
Amphibian survey near Chorley
Amphibian survey near Hale Village/Speke in South Liverpool (late April/early May)
Amphibian surveys in Bolton and Blackburn (April/May)
Becoming a member of ARGL is a great way to help us, and to develop your knowledge and skills too. The annual membership fee for ARGL is £6.00. Membership entitles people to:
Even if you don’t join in with our activities, simply being a member demonstrates your support and this helps us to promote the case for amphibian and reptile conservation. Membership subscriptions are used carefully by the group and for essential expenses and to support practical conservation work.
To join ARGL please complete both forms below and e-mail them to us at argsl*btinternet.com.
Please pay your £6 membership fee by BACS. Details are:
The Amphibian and Reptile Group of South Lancashire
The Co-op Bank
Sort code: 089299
Account number 65172737
Under “payment reference” please enter your name so we know it’s your membership payment that’s been received.
ARG UK has produced a generic risk assessment and all volunteers are advised to read this carefully before taking part in activities:
The group was known as ARGSL from 2004-2017, but the name change was made to more accurately reflect the recording area of the group. The group bank account retains the name of ARGSL.
One of ARGL’s main objectives is to collect data on the distribution of amphibians and reptiles. Our main project is the Lancashire Amphibian and Reptile Atlas Project (LARA). To find out more, please go to the project’s website: http://www.lara-project.org.uk/
To help us find out more about garden ponds as habitats for amphibians, please take part in the What's in Your Pond? project. If you don't have a pond of your own, why not take a look at a garden pond belonging to a friend or relative? All records will be incorporated into the Lancashire Amphibian and Reptile Atlas project.
ARGSL Review of 2017
ARGSL Review of 2016
ARGSL Review of 2015
ARGSL Review of 2014
ARGSL Review of 2013
ARGSL Review of 2012
ARGSL Update 2011
ARGSL Update 2010
The best way to contact ARGL is by e-mail to David Orchard (chair of ARGL)
We’ll do our best to respond to your enquiry as quickly as possible but please be patient as we’re all volunteers and our time is limited. Thankyou!
ARGSL is a voluntary group and is run by a committee of dedicated people. New members are always welcome!
Chair: Dr David Orchard
Treasurer: Lorna Bousfield
Records Database Manager: Dr. Lee Brady