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
CONSERVATION THROUGH EMPATHY BY ENGAGEMENT
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.
Subscribed members should all have received their copy of the new newsletter. It covers some exciting prospects.
Be sure to respond ASAP.
Significant updates to this website including easier access to the members portal and some useful links in place.
Remember to keep logging your late season sightings.
On Saturday 3rd of June, a meeting was held at the Golden Lion in Winchester to discuss the future of the what was previously known as Hampshire Amphibian and Reptile Group.
We are delighted that the group will now be relauching under the new name of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Amphibian and Reptile Group (HIWARG).
To help steer the group through it's infancy, Paul Edgar will be serving as acting Chair, Rebecca Harvey as acting Treasurer and Harry Hornsby as acting Secretary.
We are excited to help move forward in a positve manor and several events are already being planned. Keep your eyes on this space!
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.