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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
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 !
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!
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 email@example.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.
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.
A busy couple of months with the continuation of survey work at Natural England sites Cliburn moss and Finglandrigg.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in helping monitor Common lizards at Cliburn moss.
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
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.
A continuation of this was also spending a day at the local primary school introducing reptiles, habitats and conservation to the children.
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.
🐸🐸🐸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.