Amphibian and Reptile Group of Lancashire (ARGL)
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About us

About Us

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.

 

Data searches

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.

 

 ARGL was formerly known as ARGSL

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. 

News

News

2024 task programme

Posted on Thursday 2nd November, 2023

Six habitat management tasks will take place in early 2024, focusing on sites where work is urgently required. The work is physically demanding, but satisfying in equal measure! If you'd like to something positive and practical that will benefit amphibian populations these events are for you. For details please see the Events page.

If you can attend please let us know by e-mailing david@arglancashire.co.uk so that we can plan accordingly.


Events

Events

Past Events

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Mossland Restoration with Lancashire Wildlife Trust

Sun 27th November, 2022

For this task we'll be working with Lancashire Wildlife Trust (LWT) and their volunteers on Little Woolden Moss near Caddishead (west of Manchester). The work will support the Trust with their ongoing efforts to restore this mossland site, benefitting a multitude of species including the common lizard which has been recorded here by ARGL volunteers.  

Where: If you can attend please contact david@arglancashire.co.uk for directions.

Time: 10am. (Tasks usually last until mid afternoon.)

What to bring: Lunch, plenty of water, waterproofs and strong footwear or wellies (definitely no trainers). Please wear old clothes and bring a pair of work gloves if you have them. Tools and gloves will be provided for those that need them.


Pond management in Bolton

Sat 10th December, 2022

This task will be an opportunity to restore a pond complex on the outskirts of Bolton. The ponds have been neglected for many years, although they still support great crested newts. The ponds are now heavily shaded with willow and the management work will involve their removal to allow more light into the ponds. The plan is to undertake a series of tasks at this site to restore it to good condition.

Where: If you can attend please contact david@arglancashire.co.uk for directions.

Time: 10am. (Tasks usually last until mid afternoon.)

What to bring: Lunch, plenty of water, waterproofs and strong footwear or wellies (definitely no trainers). Please wear old clothes and bring a pair of work gloves if you have them. Tools and gloves will be provided for those that need them.


Pond management at Wymott, near Leyland

Sun 8th January, 2023 - Sun 8th January, 2023

Sun 8th January, 2023

Work will continue on the management of some extremely shaded ponds to make them suitable for amphibians. This task will reduce shading around a pond which is within 200m of an existing great crested newt pond. 

Where: If you can attend please contact david@arglancashire.co.uk for further details.

Time: 10am. (Tasks usually last until mid afternoon.)

What to bring: Lunch, plenty of water, waterproofs and strong footwear or wellies (definitely no trainers). Please wear old clothes and bring a pair of work gloves if you have them. Tools and gloves will be provided for those that need them.


Pond management in Bolton

Sun 5th November, 2023 - Sun 5th November, 2023

Sun 5th November, 2023

ARGL will continue the work started last year to manage a series of heavily shaded ponds for the benefit of amphibians. This task will involve the removal of trees and scrub around these ponds, some of which support great crested newts. 

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Where: If you can attend please contact david@arglancashire.co.uk for further details.

Time: 10am. (Tasks usually last until mid afternoon.)

What to bring: Lunch, plenty of water, waterproofs and strong footwear or wellies (definitely no trainers). Please wear old clothes and bring a pair of work gloves if you have them. Tools and gloves will be provided for those that need them.


Pond management at Wymott, near Leyland

Sun 26th November, 2023 - Sun 26th November, 2023

ARGL will continue work started in 2021 to manage a series of heavily shaded ponds near Leyland for the benefit of amphibians. This task will involve the removal of trees and scrub to allow more light to the pond edges; brash will be stacked to form dead hedges. 

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Where: If you can attend please contact david@arglancashire.co.uk for further details.

Time: 10am. (Tasks usually last until mid afternoon.)

What to bring: Lunch, plenty of water, waterproofs and strong footwear or wellies (definitely no trainers). Please wear old clothes and bring a pair of work gloves if you have them. Tools and gloves will be provided for those that need them.


Pond management in Pleasington, near Blackburn

Sun 10th December, 2023 - Sun 10th December, 2023

ARGL will return to a series of ponds it created in 2008 to reduce shading from willow and birch scrub. These ponds were among the first created by the group and this task will ensure they remain in good condition for breeding amphibians. 

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Where: If you can attend please contact david@arglancashire.co.uk for further details.

Time: 10am. (Tasks usually last until mid afternoon.)

What to bring: Lunch, plenty of water, waterproofs and strong footwear or wellies (definitely no trainers). Please wear old clothes and bring a pair of work gloves if you have them. Tools and gloves will be provided for those that need them.


Pond management in Bolton

Sun 7th January, 2024 - Sun 7th January, 2024

ARGL will continue the work started last year to manage a series of heavily shaded ponds for the benefit of amphibians. This task will involve the removal of trees and scrub around these ponds, some of which support great crested newts. 

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Where: If you can attend please contact david@arglancashire.co.uk for further details.

Time: 10am. (Tasks usually last until mid afternoon.)

What to bring: Lunch, plenty of water, waterproofs and strong footwear or wellies (definitely no trainers). Please wear old clothes and bring a pair of work gloves if you have them. 


Pond management at Longton Brickcroft

Sun 14th January, 2024 - Sun 14th January, 2024

This will be our first visit to assist with pond management at Longton Brickcroft, a Local Nature reserve owned by South Ribble Borough Council. 

Where: Longton Brickcroft. If you can attend please contact david@arglancashire.co.uk for further details.

Time: 10am. (Tasks usually last until mid afternoon.)

What to bring: Lunch, plenty of water, waterproofs and strong footwear or wellies (definitely no trainers). Please wear old clothes and bring a pair of work gloves if you have them. 


Pond management at Wymott, near Leyland

Sat 10th February, 2024 - Sat 10th February, 2024

ARGL will continue the work started before Christmas to manage one of a series of heavily shaded ponds near Leyland. This task will involve the removal of trees and scrub to allow more light to the pond edges; brash will be stacked to form dead hedges. 

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Where: If you can attend please contact david@arglancashire.co.uk for further details.

Time: 10am. (Tasks usually last until mid afternoon.)

What to bring: Lunch, plenty of water, waterproofs and strong footwear or wellies (definitely no trainers). Please wear old clothes and bring a pair of work gloves if you have them. 


Pond management in Pleasington, near Blackburn

Sat 24th February, 2024 - Sat 24th February, 2024

ARGL will return to a series of ponds it created in 2008 to reduce shading from willow and birch scrub. These ponds were among the first created by the group and this task will ensure they remain in good condition for breeding amphibians. 

Where: Pleasington Playing Fields, near Blackburn. If you can attend please contact david@arglancashire.co.uk for further details.

Time: 10am. (Tasks usually last until mid afternoon.)

What to bring: Lunch, plenty of water, waterproofs and strong footwear or wellies (definitely no trainers). Please wear old clothes and bring a pair of work gloves if you have them. 


Membership

Membership

Why become a member of ARGL?

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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:

  • e-mail updates on ARGL's activities and achievements
  • The opportunity to take part in ARGL activities, e.g. surveys and conservation tasks.
  • ARG UK Insurance when involved in these activities.
  • A reduced registration fee at the national ARG UK amphibian and reptile conference.

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.

docARGL_membership_form.doc

docARGL_Volunteer_Working_Agreement.doc

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:

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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. 

Projects

Projects

Whats in your pond?

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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.

pdfWhats_in_your_pond.pdf

 

Lancashire amphibian and reptile atlas project

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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/

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Help with pond creation available to landowners

pdfARGSL_Advice__opportunities_for_landowners_1.pdf

 

The North West slow-worm hunt

pdfNW_slow_worm_hunt.pdf

Contact us

Contact Us

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!

Committee members

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

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