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
We have a number of volunteer activities due to start in the coming month and I'll be providing details soon on the Facebook Group, but we have noticed that many members have not yet completed their online Volunteer Agreement, nor set up their volunteer preferences. Without this we don't know who to alert to the various oportunities. 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. This is also important to ensure you are covered under the ARG-UK umbrella when taking part in HIWARG activities.
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.
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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