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Welcome to Cumbria amphibian and reptile group !

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.

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

Membership form docxCumbria_ARG_membership_form.docx

Generic risk assessment docARG_UK_Generic_Risk_Assessment_Feb_2018.doc

Lone working risk assessment pdfARGUK_loneworking_procedures_revised_July_2011.pdf

Volunteer form docARGUKVolunteerWorkingAgreement_updated_2018.doc

Constitution (How we operate as a group)docxCumbria_ARG_Constitution_2019.docxdoc

Recording form docxRecording_Form_2019.docx



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 

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 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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MAY 2019

Posted on Friday 14th June, 2019

Project updates

Cliburn Moss

An excellent productive day, welcoming new members to Cumbria ARG.

An introduction to reptile ecology and survey techniques.

Recording 3 adult Common lizards, adult and juvenile frogs and toads.

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This is an on going regular survey for Natural England - if you would like to be involved please get in touch via !


Monitoring of Adders has taken place on a regular basis by a dedicated team of volunteers.

Refugia is checked for Adder presence.

Where possible and with as little disturbance as possible, photographs have been taken via a long lensed camera, these images are to build a data base of individuals at the site.


A wildlife camera has been set up to record individuals and behaviour with some excellent results (available on our Facebook page -






Show Past Events

Herps Workers Meeting 2020

Sat 15th February, 2020 - Sun 16th February, 2020



The following link will lead to information, registration details, presentations and workshops being held at the conference, held in Southport this coming February

Herps Workers Meeting 2020



Wed 1st July, 2020

Something a little different for herp enthusiasts !



An exciting opportunity for ARG members to go to The Gambia in July 2020 and see some of the fantastic wildlife there in an eco-sensitive way. We've got a special deal with Project Wild Gambia for group bookings for our ARGs - or if it is just you, if you email on, we can try and match you with others going.

Are you passionate about conservation, wildlife and adventure?

Project Wild Gambia (PWG)Wildlife and Conservation Tours and Cumbria Amphibian and Reptile Group (CARG) are delighted to announce the following exciting opportunity!

Join us in July 2020 for a 7 or 14 night Gambian Herp Expedition.

PWG have 20 years of experience studying the wildlife of The Gambia, and involvement in Conservation initiatives and offer a unique insight into the rich wildlife and the pressures it faces.

Every day you will be accompanied by a British Zoologist and a Gambian expert on the habitats you are to visit. PWG have personal connections at community-level and the experience of staff and partners means that you can experience things no other tours can offer.

The first week of the tour visits all of the main habitats found in this incredibly diverse country, maximising your chances of seeing the widest range of species possible.

The second week sees our group gaining field experience, contributing to science and a positive cause, by aiding in essential anuran (frogs and toad) data collection in key wetland areas.

By joining this eco-tourism expedition in the Gambia, seeing its wonderful wildlife is a breath taking and life changing experience, which we can assure, you won’t get anywhere else!

*ARG UK leaders receive a discount (on enquiry) on their members participating*

*ARG UK leaders with 10+ members participating receive a free place (Excluding flights)*

An example of a first week itinerary is available by the following link

Project Wild Gambia

Exceptional value with the following included:


Our volunteer research assistant costs start from;

GBP 479 | EUR 522 | AUD 845 | USD 582 per week

What's Included?





In-country transport (including Landrovers and boats)


Research Permits and Park Entrance Fees


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



Following photos taken on Gambian tour  (S.Collinson 2018)

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