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Welcome to Cumbria Amphibian and Reptile Group! (CARG)

PLEASE READ OUR LATEST ADVICE CONCERNING THE COVID-19 VIRUS OUTBREAK

Please follow this link to ARG UK GROUP PAGE for latest advice concerning risk assessment specific to COVID 19  and current best practice advice from CIEEM for its members, which sets out sensible precautions which ARG volunteers may wish to adopt when surveying (Updated 29th May 2020)

COVID UPDATE

 

As a volunteer run group our aims are to promote the conservation of our native reptiles and amphibians here in Cumbria. Improving the knowledge of the distribution of our native species, educate and increase awareness via surveys and practical conservation.

We are looking for members that would be interested in getting involved in local conservation and receiving training, surveying, attending talks and sharing knowledge and experiences.

As a group, we offer -                                                                                              

We are available and qualified to give

  • ·School talks
  • ·Group presentations
  • ·Field trips

Training days carried out by expert ecologists

  • ·Identification skills
  • ·Species ecology
  • ·Methods of surveying
  • ·To help monitor our native amphibians and reptiles (non-licensed species only)

Social events

  • ·Walks and talks
  • ·Conferences
  • ·Presentations
  • ·Public events
  • ·Fundraising

Tailor made research expeditions in collaboration with Project Wild Gambia

As a member, you can be involved in -

Toad Patrols

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

Surveys

Contribute to the collection of data - building a picture of reptile and amphibian distribution within our county

Habitat Management

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

News

News

October 2019

Posted on Wednesday 23rd October, 2019

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.

pdfCumbria_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"

pdfZoo_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)

Coming up in November - End of Season Trip to Lakeland Wildlife Oasis - See November Events !

 


Mapping Cumbrian Amphibians and Reptiles

Posted on Thursday 26th September, 2019

Over the past couple of months University of Cumbria student Katherine Monaghan (Animal Conservation Science BSc (hons) student) has been working hard on creating a comprehensive map of cumbrian herpetofauna for CARG.

This will help us as a group plan more surveys in the future and we can see if numbers are increasing or decreasing. Putting in to plan conservation measures to maintain or encourage numbers.

Katherine has a passion for Anuran (tailless amphibians - frogs and toads) and is currently helping to collect data for the following PhD study - follow link for more information: 

Scientists are urging the public to help them investigate why the population of toads in the UK is declining.

Katherines is also currently undertaking her dissertation subject titled  "How Temporal and Spatial Factors affect South African Anuran Bioacoustics"

Thank you for all your hard work katherine and keep us up to date with your research !

REMEMBER TO RECORD YOUR SIGHTING - This can be done directly through this web site or you can send records to ourselves at cumbria.arg@gmail.com and we will enter the data for you

We cannot make a difference across the county - unless people record their findings !


August/September 2019

Posted on Thursday 26th September, 2019

The weather put a lot of organised events on hold sadly during August, however volunteers have been busy behind the scenes, with the collaboration of data from surveys undertaken, building a data base for the county and planning training and events for next year.

A presentation is planned for October to introduce the new University of Cumbria Zoology students to slow worms and Cumbria ARG opportunities and our end of season meeting at Lakeland wildlife Oasis will be at the beginning of November (date and time to be confirmed).

Three of the committee members enjoyed a wee holiday on the Isle of Mull in September with various aves and mammals observed. A small group of Common toads living in the cottage garden were the only amphibian or reptiles observed!

Toad Mull


Coming up......

Posted on Wednesday 31st July, 2019

Volunteers wanted

With Cumbria being a large county we are looking for volunteers to help create sub groups in the south, west and central areas.

A least one day a month commitment to help run toad patrols in the new year and surveys next spring.

If this interests you please email cumbria.arg@gmail.com 

Watchtree basic survey day

During August (date to be confirmed) we are holding a training day on basic reptile - common lizard / amphibian- frog and toad survey techniques. This is for members only and will include an introduction to the species, how to plan and carry out a survey. Refugia will be placed across the reserve and a continuation of monitoring will take place early next year.

Data collection

A conservation student from The University of Cumbria is currently compiling a reptile and amphibian data map for Cumbria which will help us progress with surveys in the future.

Lakeland Wildlife Oasis Event

Towards the end of September and to mark the end of summer surveying "Lakeland Wildlife Oasis" are inviting us to a exclusive tour of their park (wildlife park group fee applies). However, anyone that attends this event will receive a planned second event early next year (free of charge) this will be to visit their new reptile enclosures and conservation breeding programmes.

 

 

 

 


June/July 2019

Posted on Wednesday 31st July, 2019

A busy couple of months with the continuation of survey work at Natural England sites Cliburn moss and Finglandrigg.

Please email cumbria.arg@gmail.com if you are interested in helping monitor Common lizards at Cliburn moss.

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In June as part of the University of Cumbria outreach team, Suzanne introduced locals to some exotics -Royal python, Corn snake and Gecko at the Cumberland Show and chatted about native reptiles and amphibians which can be found in Cumbria as well

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In July a presentation was given to Dalston parish council detailing the dissertation work carried out by Suzanne Collinson on the local slow worm population which resides in the village. This included information on how identifying individual slow worms helps give a more accurate population count and it enables the monitoring of movement across the site.

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A continuation of this was also spending a day at the local primary school introducing reptiles, habitats and conservation to the children.

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Also members of the Cumbria amphibian and reptile Facebook group were invited to a informative talk by Foulshaw moss reserve manager Paul Waterhouse on the amphibian and reptile species that can be found at the Cumbria wildlife trust site in south Cumbria. 

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Events

Events

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*CANCELLED FOR THIS YEAR* CARG Expedition

Fri 1st January, 2021

Something a little different for herp enthusiasts !

🐸🐸🐸GAMBIA EXPEDITION POST 🐸🐸🐸
Hi
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 


tom@projectwildgambia.com

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Accomodation

(B&B) 

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In-country transport (including Landrovers and boats)

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Research Permits and Park Entrance Fees

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Guide Fees

PLEASE NOTE: Costs do not include lunch and dinner or the cost of flights (but we will collect you from the airport!). 

 

If this is something that interests you - Please join the following facebook page where the tour will be discussed, questions can be asked and further information is available 

https://www.facebook.com/groups/740700883063664/

CARG GAMBIA EXPEDITION

snake photo 

(S.Collinson, 2018)


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Become a Member

Become a Member

The annual membership fee is £5  (free for under 16's and students).

To become a member send an email request to

secretary.carg@gmail.com 

 

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.

Tutorials

Tutorials

How to record your sightings  How to record your sightings

Membership Membership tutorial

Contact us

Contact Us

 

 

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