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




Two day heathland management event added to calendar.

Posted on Friday 21st December, 2018

Join the ARC team & help clear the disused Burley railway embankment for the benefit of our local animals.

December newsletter dispatched

Posted on Friday 7th December, 2018

Please keep an eye on your email for the December newsletter that has been sent out to our subscribed members. 

We are aware that our email address protocol utilises your PayPal email address with which you signed up, so if that differs from your regular email, please send me the preferred email address for contact purposes & we will update your information. 

Booking now open for the South East Regional Amphibian and Reptile Group Meeting at Marwell Zoo on 12th January 2019

Posted on Monday 3rd December, 2018

Please check the events calendar for details & booking. 

***Important Member Notice***

Posted on Thursday 29th November, 2018

If you are a subscribed member, please be sure to log into the Member Portal & complete your Volunteer Preferences & your Volunteer Agreement by clicking on the "My HIWARG Account" icon.
These are important so that we know which volunteering aspects you are interested in & so that you are covered under the ARG-UK umbrella when taking part in HIWARG activities.


Members' meeting update.

Posted on Saturday 17th November, 2018

A huge thank you to everyone that managed to make it through to the member’s kick off meeting today.
Lovely venue and the overall positive discussions, suggestions & so many ideas were incredibly encouraging. 
A special thanks to everyone for taking part in such good spirit. Some excellent discussions held afterwards over coffee & cookies as well and I am looking forward to hearing about some of your additional ideas.
The goal is to be able to do some activity every week of the year. Goodness knows there are enough ideas and activities to make that possible. 
We’ll be starting to populate the members’ event calendar within the next month with a range of activities that will aid herp conservation in our area.
Be sure to sign up if you are keen on being part of this so that you are on our members database to get the early editions of the newsletters and access to the members event calendar.
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Habitat Management at Hurn Forest

Sun 1st November, 2020 - Sun 1st November, 2020

The first of a series of habitat management tasks at Hurn Forest. Mainly removing birch and pine to allow more light to fall on the heather. An important site for reptiles. More details nearer the time. This will be a joint event with DARN.

Sunday 1st November 2020 from 10am to 1pm

To sign up, visit the Facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/events/730342627695458/  or email info@hiwarg.org.uk

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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, surveys and many other activities across the county.


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Donate to HIWARG

Donate to HIWARG

You can help HIWARG achieve its goals by a simple donation towards our activities.
Donations are put towards equipment used for habitat management, surveys and public engagement such as printed material and fact sheets to hand out during educational events.




Info & ID guides

Info & ID guides

Identification Guides

Amphibian Identification - downloadable colour cards

Newt Eggs & Larvae - downloadable colour cards  

Reptile Identification - downloadable colour cards   


Advice and Information

ARC's "Dogs and Adders" Advice Sheet

pdfFixing Enkamat to Gully pots Initial findings in Sussex



pdfSlow Worms in Churchyards (A DARN project supported by HIWARG)


Improving Herp habitat

Creating Garden Ponds - downloadable booklet   

Herp diseases - recognise & report

Advice Note-4: Amphibian disease precautions - a guide for uk fieldworkers

Snake Fungal Disease  

Toad fly (Lucilia bufonivora)   

Amphibian Chytridiomycosis  

Ranavirus Disease  

Reptile Slough Genebank - collection & submission of found sloughs 


Health and Safety

Buddy System/Lone Working Procedures

pdfARG UK Generic Risk Assessment July2020


pdfUsing GPX files with ViewRanger

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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