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 formed in the Autumn of 2018 and is an 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Pop over to our Facebook group for photo's & video from HWM 2019
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. email@example.com
First Hampshire spawn of 2019 found
Posted on Friday 18th January, 2019
First frog spawn of 2019 found in the New Forest 17 Jan 2019 at exactly the same spot as the first spawn of 2018 (one day later this year). Find & photo by Paul Edgar.
Please be sure to log any spawn sightings. Every record matters.
New Forest habitat management event - 15 Jan
Posted on Tuesday 15th January, 2019
Photo's from the day uploaded onto our Facebook group.
Next Thursday, 29 July, we have been invited to join Natural England and Forestry England on their Heath week activity at Bramshill SSSI
We will have a stall there to talk to visitors about herps in the area and it will be a great chance to engage with walkers and other users of the site.
If anyone is free to help us set up our gazebo between 8am-8.30am that would be great. The event is advertised as 9am to 3pm, so if anyone is free and would like to help on the stall, or just stop by and chat it would be good to see you.
Meeting place is at Bramshill Common Wood Car Park, Bramshill Rd, Hook RG27 0PR (Grid ref SU 76053 61310). It is only a small car park, so if its full there is more parking about 500m east along Bramshill Road. The stall will be sited next to the car park.
Both Natural England and Forestry England will be running their own activities, with FE leading guided walks.
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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