Hampshire And Isle of Wight Amphibian and Reptile Group (HIWARG)
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About us

About Us

Hampshire is fortunate that the county covers a huge geographic area and a very diverse breadth of habitat including: the Isle of Wight, the New Forest National Park, the South Downs National Park, as well as many other unspoiled areas, including Woolmer Forest.
It is therefore unsurprising that we are host to 12 out of the 13 native amphibians and reptiles in UK, including rarities such as the Natterjack Toad, Sand Lizard and Smooth Snake, and wherever you live in the county there will be opportunities to survey and monitor an assemblage of amphibian and reptile species.

HIWARG is an newly affiliated independent ARG-UK group. The group focus is conservation of native UK species essentially around habitat management, surveying, public engagement, volunteer training & doing as much as possible to understand & protect the native species in the county.
All members are volunteers with a common interest.

If you have some spare time and would like to be involved with HIWARG, maybe you have taken a photo of a reptile or amphibian and would like it identified or maybe you have some other query, then please do get in contact  info@hiwarg.org.uk 


CONSERVATION THROUGH EMPATHY BY ENGAGEMENT

News

News

Newsletter has gone out.

Posted on Tuesday 23rd October, 2018


Subscribed members should all have received their copy of the new newsletter. It covers some exciting prospects.
Be sure to respond ASAP. 
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News flash.

Posted on Wednesday 17th October, 2018

Significant updates to this website including easier access to the members portal and some useful links in place.
Remember to keep logging your late season sightings.


HIWARG Re-Launch

Posted on Wednesday 28th June, 2017

On Saturday 3rd of June, a meeting was held at the Golden Lion in Winchester to discuss the future of the what was previously known as Hampshire Amphibian and Reptile Group.

We are delighted that the group will now be relauching under the new name of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Amphibian and Reptile Group (HIWARG).

To help steer the group through it's infancy, Paul Edgar will be serving as acting Chair, Rebecca Harvey as acting Treasurer and Harry Hornsby as acting Secretary.

We are excited to help move forward in a positve manor and several events are already being planned. Keep your eyes on this space!


Amphibians and Reptiles in Hampshire: The HARG 2012 Annual Report

Posted on Thursday 4th May, 2017

Welcome to the 2012 HARG Herpetofauna Report!pdfHARG_Annual_Report_2012.pdf

I am delighted to say our recording effort is steadily increasing – this is great news but we still need your help! Remember, your record of a frog in your garden may fill an empty 1km square or update an old record. One of the highlights in 2012 was that we hosted the annual ARG UK SE Regional Meeting at Marwell with the theme of ‘Best Practice; legislation, survey & mitigation’. This was obviously a popular topic as it was attended by over 90 delegates from all aspects of herpetology. As development pressure increases, it is increasingly up to each of us to protect what we can despite living under “the greenest government ever”.

We live in uncertain times with regard to the economy and the environment and we hope the conference stirred some positive support for herptiles on a national level. Continuing the positive note, field events were well-attended (by both people and herptiles) as well as our Species Groups social in Winchester [isn’t there a saying about ‘as drunk as a newt’? Eds]. Shatterford Bottom, in the heart of the New Forest, was a fantastic venue for a summer evening walk listening to the raucous Marsh Frog, churring Nightjars, drumming Snipe and other nocturnal wildlife. On our trip to Boscombe, all participants were rewarded with stunning views of both Green and Wall Lizards. Remember HARG is always looking for members with even just a small amount of time to help run events, meetings and organise surveys. So if you’d like to get involved in some small way please get in touch.

We look forward to hearing from you!

 

John Poland HARG Chair


Events

Events

Show Past Events

GORLEY RD TOAD PATROL: RINGWOOD, NEW FOREST ACTIVITY.

Sun 20th January, 2019 - Thu 28th February, 2019

IF ABLE TO HELP, PLEASE CONTACT ME  & I WILL FORWARD TERESA'S DETAILS.
She rescued 1254 toads last year which is really good with so few volunteers! She really would appreciate some support and extra volunteers.
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"Re the toads crossing!
They will start to cross anytime now if the temperature reaches 6 degrees upwards and wind chill the same.
We only do it when the temperature is 6 degrees upwards, we start at dusk, that’s when the toads start to cross, we do it in a car with a driver and a helper as the road is a mile long plus the toads are more visible in head lights.
We all wear fluorescent jackets and a sign in the back saying “toad patrol”.
We do it every night if the temperatures are right.
Most patrollers sign up for one night a week but only go if it’s 6 degrees upwards. I hope this information is useful!
Also all our patrollers are aware that the toads play a very important part of the Eco System!
Thank you very very much for your help in finding volunteers. Kind regards Teresa "

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Members event: Spawn count survey

Sat 2nd February, 2019

Details will be posted on the members calendar. Will confirm whether Sat or Sun.  


Herp Workers Meeting 2019

Sat 9th February, 2019 - Sun 10th February, 2019


Members event: Spawn count survey

Sat 16th February, 2019

Details will be posted on the members calendar. Will confirm whether Sat or Sun.  


Members event: Spawn count survey

Sat 23rd February, 2019

Details will be posted on the members calendar. Will confirm whether Sat or Sun.  


Members event: Spawn count survey

Sat 2nd March, 2019

Details will be posted on the members calendar. Will confirm whether Sat or Sun.  


Members event: Emergence survey

Sat 9th March, 2019

Details will be posted on the members calendar. Will confirm whether Sat or Sun weather dependent.   


Members event: Emergence survey

Sun 17th March, 2019

Details will be posted on the members calendar. Will confirm whether Sat or Sun weather dependent.   


Members event: Emergence survey

Sat 23rd March, 2019

Details will be posted on the members calendar. Will confirm whether Sat or Sun weather dependent.  


Members event: Emergence survey

Sun 7th April, 2019

Details will be posted on the members calendar. Will confirm whether Sat or Sun weather dependent.   


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Membership costs just £6.00 per year as a subscription that can be cancelled at any time. 
Your membership will help HIWARG to protect the amphibians & reptile of Hampshire. 
Be aware of and take part in conservation opportunities across the county.



Social media & Links

Social media & Links

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Herp Identification - downloadable colour charts

Amphibian Identification - downloadable colour cards 

Newt Eggs & Larvae - downloadable colour cards  

Reptile Identification - downloadable colour cards   


Improving Herp habitat

Creating Garden Ponds - downloadable booklet   


Herp diseases - recognise & report

Snake Fungal Disease  

Toad fly (Lucilia bufonivora)   

Amphibian Chytridiomycosis  

Ranavirus Disease  

Reptile Slough Genebank - collection & submission of found sloughs  

 





Other  

Useful glossary of terms often used within the herpetological field. (Credit due - unknown)      



Kids stuff - Educational items for the young ones

Pond pack                                                         Animal fact sheets                              Animal colouring sheets    
Pond Pack                     Alfie1                             Sammy1










Contact us

Contact Us

If you would like more information about HIWARG or have something to share with us, please get in touch via the link to our social media presence. 

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