Hampshire And Isle of Wight Amphibian and Reptile Group (HIWARG)
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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  info@hiwarg.org.uk 


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News

News

Pop over to our Facebook group for photo's & video from HWM 2019

Posted on Tuesday 12th February, 2019

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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.
info@hiwarg.org.uk

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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.
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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.

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Toad Patrol assistance required. New Forest area.

Posted on Sunday 13th January, 2019

Please see "Gorley Rd Toad patrol" under events.


Events

Events

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Heath Week 2021 - Forest Finds at Bramshill

Thu 29th July, 2021 - Thu 29th July, 2021

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.

https://www.tbhpartnership.org.uk/event/forestry-finds/

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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

Policies/Health & Safety                                                              

pdfHIWARG Safeguarding Policy and Protocols June 2020

Buddy System/Lone Working Procedures

pdfARG UK Generic Risk Assessment July2020

 

Identification Guides

Amphibian Identification - downloadable colour cards

Newt Eggs & Larvae - downloadable colour cards  

Reptile Identification - downloadable colour cards

Non-Native Species Identification sheets

Froglife's Dragon Finder: Adult frog & toad calls

 

Advice and Information

ARC's "Dogs and Adders" Advice Sheet

"There is a Snake in my Garden - What can I do?" (ARG UK)

 

Projects & Citizen Science

pdfDARN's 'Slow Worms in Churchyards' project

pdf'Amphibians & Reptiles on Allotments' Introduction Leaflet

pdf"Spawn Spotters" presentation 12 Jan 2021

pdfToad Patrol presentation 12 Jan 2021

pdfGotta love a larva  presentation 9 July 2021

 

Habitat Management and Creation

Creating Garden Ponds - downloadable booklet   

Creating Ponds for Amphibians and Reptiles (Freshwater Habitats Trust)

Habitat Management guides (Buglife) - Not specifically herp based but a great set of guides

How to Create Invertebrate and Reptile Mounds (Magnificent Meadows)

Creating Grass Snake Egg-laying Heaps (ARG UK and RAVON)

 

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 

 

Other

pdfUsing GPX files with ViewRanger

pdfFixing Enkamat to Gully Pots - Initial Findings in Sussex

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    
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