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 email@example.com
Toad patrols are currently in full swing. The recent warm weather has woken the herps earlier than usual and the wet weather has many of them heading towards their breeding ponds, putting toads & newts in harms way as they try to cross busy roads during peak traffic periods. There are many toad patrols looking for additional volunteers. Currently we have people active in the New Forest, Eastleigh & Basingstoke areas.
Please see our Facebook group for more details.
Getting the media onboard
Posted on Thursday 28th February, 2019
Today's blog by Mark Avery (RSPB’s Conservation Director -Ret)
Posted on Tuesday 26th February, 2019
Paul Sterry discusses the challenges related to the Cufaude Lane Toad Crossing at which some of us have been assisting. HIWARG is trying to support the efforts at this crossing so if anyone is available, please reach out.
Some evenings are obviously busier than others, but every person that helps at a toad crossing, raises awareness about toad crossings or otherwise aids towards the improvement of infrastructure to assist the toads to cross is playing a significant part so please spread the word and share the attached blog.
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Posted on Tuesday 12th February, 2019
Toad patrollers wanted! Bramley area
Posted on Monday 11th February, 2019
We have a Toad Crossing in this area at which activity levels are increasing. There is an existing small Toad Patrol active but in need of additional assistance. Calling on HIWARG members interested in taking part to contact me for further details. Please ensure you have completed your Volunteer Workers Agreement for insurance purposes. firstname.lastname@example.org
OR 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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