As a group CARG offer the following opportunities
We are available and qualified to give
Training days carried out by expert ecologists
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.
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
COMPETITION TIME! We need you to send us your most fantastic photos of our native UK herps. The winning 12 photos will be used in our very own special 2021 CARG calendar. The winner of our overall favourite will not only have their photo on the front of the calendar, but they will receive one as their prize! All photos used will be referenced. The calendars will be available to purchase after the competition has ended on the 14th November.
Submit your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to win your spot in the calendar! Good luck 😊
Hope everyone is keeping well and safe !
Well it hasn't been the survey season we were preparing for or expecting - we had lots of great activities planned for members during the summer months.
However, the facebook page has been a great way to keep things ticking over with training courses, quizzes, on line seminars and information for followers.
Link to seminars and training courses
Lots of interesting outreach fundraising/activities/training and surveys are currently being prepared - Group calendar, Toad patrols, Natterjack monitoring, Burial ground surveys, Education visits, Field trips, Corporate training - so keep checking here and on our FB page for updates.
We are always looking for people to become more involved by becoming a member and joining these fantastic activities helping to conserve our native amphibians and reptiles.
Please follow this link - in which a risk assessment specific to COVID 19 is available and the current best practice advice from CIEEM for its members, which sets out sensible precautions which ARG volunteers may wish to adopt when surveying
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.
Toad patrols are for supporting amphibians and reptiles on their migration to their breeding ponds by helping them cross busy roads (by stopping them getting squashed!)
The patrols are supported by Froglife Toads on the roads but each site is managed individually and sites need to be registered with Froglife and all volunteers taking part need to be registered for insurance purposes
Contact details for our South Cumbria patrols: Email address for Toad Coordinator Matt firstname.lastname@example.org
Contact details for Appleby patrol: Email address for Toad coordinator Suzie email@example.com
Contact for Ambleside patrol: Email address for Toad coordinator Ashleighedoutreach.firstname.lastname@example.org
An introduction to amphibian and reptiles biosecurity Biosecurity_web_page.pdf
A disease guide for fieldworkers Amphibian_Disease_Precautions_A_Guide_for_UK.pdf
A disease alert to protect wild amphibian and reptile species by reducing disease risk in captive amphibian and reptilesReducing_disease_risks.pdf
To record the species you see Record_Sheet.pdf
A quick introduction to amphibian and reptiles for primary school children Primary_School_Amphibians_and_Reptiles_poster.pdf
Adders are Amazing Activities
Practical activity 5_Food_chains_and_webs.pdf
Arts and crafts activity 7_Wind_snakes_activity.pdf
Practical activity 8_Adder_hunt_quiz_activity.pdf
Arts and crafts activity 9_Adder_stone_trails_activity.pdf
Arts and crafts activity 13_Adder_nightlights.pdf
Arts and crafts activity 15_Adder_amulets.pdf
Arts and crafts activity 17_Adder_bookmarks.pdf
Baking activity 18_Snake_snacks.pdf
English and literature activity 19_Adder_poetry_activity.pdf
Power point looking at differences between snakes and lizards (emphasis on Slow worms) Reptile_school_talk_slow_worms.pptx
Frog and toads
Basic images showing frog metamorphosis Frog_cycle.pdf
A frog mask template to decorate Frog_mask_template.pdf
Detailed Information on Common frogs, Common toads and NatterjacksNative_frog_and_toad_posters.pdf
Mix and match game - matching the correct definitions to the correct speciesMix_and_Match_Game.pdf
A quick guide to spawn identification ARG_UK_Spawn_ID_.pdf
Toad patrol involvement for children and vulnerable people Toad_Patrols_for_Children_and_Vulnerable_people.JPG
Amphibian and Reptile Quiz
Identify the correct species by just their eyeball. A tricky but fun quiz! Eye_ID_quiz.pdf
Mix and match game - match the correct habitat to the correct species Habitat_Mix_and_Match_.pdf
Note down the correct habitat or habitats for the species. Similar to the mix and match game but with pictures!Habitat_Quiz.pdf
Arts and crafts activity Snake_rock_poster_activity_.pdf
ID guides from ARC Trust and ARG UK:
How to record your sightings How to record your sightings
Membership Membership tutorial