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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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Wetter weather brings more toads to the roads.
Posted on Thursday 28th February, 2019
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.
Sunday 24 March 10am to 1pm. We need around 6 volunteers to help remove leaf litter and built up silt from a section of toad tunnels and fencing near Sherfield on Lodden. This is a HIWARG members event and further details will be visible in the Members Portal calendar. Membership & Volunteer Workers Agreement completion is a requisite.
HIWARG members event - reptile survey training
Sat 20th April, 2019 - Sun 21st April, 2019
See members portal calendar for details. Weather dependent.
INTERNATIONAL EVENT : Venomous snakes as flagship species
Thu 10th October, 2019 - Sat 12th October, 2019
- Could snakes be ambassadors for conservation like panda’s?
- How could you help support their conservation efforts? - What progress is being made? - How can we resolve the human- snake conflict?
These and many more topics will be discussed at the next big herp symposium hosted by Edupet and the Herpetofauna foundation. This symposium will be a must for all that enjoy nature and wildlife. We look forward to welcoming you at the Symposium “Venomous snakes as flagship species”
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