We are available and qualified to give
Training days carried out by expert ecologists
Tailor made research expeditions in collaboration with Project Wild Gambia
Become a patrol manager of a registered road or a patroller to help to assist in helping our native common toad to their breeding ponds
Contribute to the collection of data - building a picture of reptile and amphibian distribution within our county
Practical ground management improving the quality of amphibian and reptile habitats
ARGWEB Management Software
Managing membership/ managing survey direction and reporting/sharing data info to land managers, owners, stakeholders
The beginning of March saw the continuation of Toad Patrols in Cumbria- with very successful rescues carried out by Matt Carr (Coordinator for Cumbria Patrols) and his teams!
We have had lots of wonderful toad and frog posts on our Facebook page including excellent tadpole development footage from Wild Intrigue
We had our first AGM meeting at the beginning of March and it was wonderful to meet our members and to discuss plans for the forthcoming season - However due to the current Coronavirus events and surveys have sadly been cancelled until further notice.
Minutes from the meeting are available from email@example.com
We are nevertheless keeping our Facebook page updated with various online activities and training resources for all keen amphibian and reptile addicts!
We have received a few posts in regards to the emergence of Adders with negativity attached - we are hoping to still carry on with our plan of promoting a positive image of our Adders via the media in the upcoming weeks.
A good positive information post from ARG in response to negativity is - Adders are Amazing
For more information on Cumbria Toad Patrols
Become a Patrol Manager
Have information on a toad crossing
Matt Carr County Coordinator
A group of students from the Ambleside campus are holding a bake sale every two weeks to raise funds for much needed toad patrol equipment ! A big thank you to katherine and friends for all your hard work !
February 14th to the 16th saw CARG committee members attend this years Herpetofauna Workers Meeting in Southport
A fantastic and informative conference- networking with other ARG UK groups, Ecology consultancies, Researchers and University lecturers - partaking in practical workshops and listening to presentation talks.
Suzanne Collinson CARG (Chair) presented her work on slow worm ecology.
We took part in workshops that included "Managing habitats for conflicting species", "ARGWEB - fully integrated solution for ARG management from membership to stakeholders reports" and "Will the more strategic approach taken by District level Licensing projects help improve the conservation status of GCN"
The weekend also included a Gala Dinner with a raffle raising funds for the ARG UK 100% fund.
Cumbrian Common Toad (Thompson 2019)
At the beginning of November we were invited to Lakeland Wildlife Oasis at Milnthorpe.
The visit included a guided informative talk and tour from the reptile and amphibian staff Matt and Sarah (both CARG members)
We were shown a wide variety of herp species and gained knowlegde on their husbandry requirements, breeding projects and the benefits of the new enclosures installed
A fantastic day a a very big thank you to all the staff at the Lakeland Wildlife Oasis !
We welcomed new members to CARG and held a mid year year meeting discussing projects past, present and future
This week we were in invited to give a talk at the University of Cumbria - Introducing the group, what with have been up to this year, what we have planned and how students can get involved with voluntary work.
Cumbria_Amphibian_and_Reptile_Group.pdf (Presentation slides)
Suzanne Collinson also gave and informative talk to the audience in regards to her dissertation work "Using Identification of Slow Worms (Anguis fragilis) to Investigate Refugia Fidelity"
Zoo_society_talk.pdf (Presentation slides)
https://www.spreaker.com/episode/19618411 Part 1 (Recording of talk to assist slides)
https://www.spreaker.com/episode/19625619 Part 2 (Recording of talk to assist slides)
🐸🐸🐸GAMBIA EXPEDITION POST 🐸🐸🐸
Overview of plans so far
Date - 4th July to 18th July.
2 weeks £950 - this includes accommodation b and b/in country transport (including airport) /research permits/park entrance and guide fees.
Not included- flight, dinner/supper
First week involves visiting areas of interest and being mesmerised by the abundance of spectacular wildlife.
Second week will see us conducting much needed surveys and population counts of Gambian frog and toad species (maybe finding a species not recorded before!
If you would like to join us on this amazing expedition
Please email Tom Walker and a detailed information pack will be sent to you
PLEASE NOTE: Costs do not include lunch and dinner or the cost of flights (but we will collect you from the airport!).
To become a member send an email request to
Bank transfer details will be forwarded to you.
You will receive a welcome email and login details to ARGWEB - in which the appropriate membership forms and voluntary forms will be required to be filled in for your membership.