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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
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)
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we will enter the data for you
We cannot make a difference across the county - unless people record their findings !
Happy New Year Everyone !
To start the New Year off we have a fantastic opportunity as a group to head further a field in August 2021 to the amazing country The Gambia. This expedition is through Project Wild Gambia and is to carry out herp related conservation work.
To keep updated please join our dedicated Facebook page CARG Expedition where progression and relevant zoom meeting events for the trip will be posted.
Relevant websites for more information
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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.