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Welcome to Cumbria Amphibian and Reptile Group! (CARG)

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

Dear all - with the pace of change of COVID-19 restrictions, rather than give out-dated advice we have updated our permanent web page with links to individual country advice - and included COVID-19 on our standard risk assessment.

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

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

To become a member send an email request to

cumbria.arg@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.

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

 
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News

News

Calendar Competition

Posted on Thursday 29th October, 2020

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 edoutreach.cumbria.arg@gmail.com for a chance to win your spot in the calendar! Good luck 😊Competition post


Summer Update

Posted on Tuesday 27th October, 2020

Hi 

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 

ARG seminars

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 READ OUR LATEST ADVICE CONCERNING THE COVID-19 VIRUS OUTBREAK (UPDATED MAY 29TH 2020)

Posted on Sunday 31st May, 2020

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

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 

COVID UPDATE


March 2020

Posted on Sunday 12th April, 2020

 

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 cumbria.arg@gmail.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

 


February 2020

Posted on Saturday 22nd February, 2020

Toad Patrols

For more information on Cumbria Toad Patrols

Become a Patrol Manager

Patrol helper

Have information on a toad crossing

Contact 

Matt Carr County Coordinator 

mail@wildlifeoasis.co.uk 

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Students from The University of Cumbria raising funds for toad patrols

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 !

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Herpetofauna Workers Meeting 2020

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.

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CARG Expedition 

Places still available ! See JULY Upcoming Events

 


Events

Events

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CARG Expedition

Sun 1st August, 2021

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.snake photo 

Relevant websites for more information

Project Wild Gambia

Smile for Life

Gunjur Project

 

 

 

ARGWEB Login

ARGWEB Login

 

 
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Toad Patrols/Disease

Toad Patrols/Disease

 

TOAD PATROLS

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 

Relevant documents are below and contact email address for Toad Coordinator Matt 

mail@wildlifeoasis.co.uk

pdfToad-Patrol-Pack-for-Managers.pdf

docTOADS-ON-ROADS-REGISTRATION-FORM_1.doc

pdfToad_patrol_Cumbria_sites_and_how_you_can_get_involved.pdf

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BIOSECURITY 

Please find below important information for all outdoor workers or herp enthusiasts about biosecurity. 

An introduction to amphibian and reptiles biosecurity pdfBiosecurity_web_page.pdf

A disease guide for fieldworkers pdfAmphibian_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 reptilespdfReducing_disease_risks.pdf

Disease profiles

pdfAmphibiocystidium.pdf

pdfChytridiomycosis.pdf

pdfRanavirus.pdf

pdfSnake_fungal_disease.pdf

pdfToad_fly_infestation.pdf

 

 

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Education/Projects

Education/Projects

"Finding Sanctuary" Project 

 

In many urban locations small green sites exist, this can include churchyards and burial grounds (allotments, golf courses, parks, commons and school grounds). These areas can represent some of the few remaining peaceful havens for wildlife and people in an increasingly busy world. Even in the countryside, much of our biodiversity has been lost to intensive agriculture and infrastructure development.

These locations may then also provide a welcome respite for many of our native creatures including birds, wildflowers, fungi and lichens, mammals and invertebrates. These areas are often overlooked and can be an important home for our native amphibians and reptiles, which are often residing in the damp corners that so often characterise old churchyards for example.

We often have reports of common frogs and toads, newts, slow-worms, common lizards, grass snakes, and in some exceptionally special places even our most vulnerable native snake, the adder.

However, many reports are anecdotal, and whilst many churchyards and subsequent green areas have a ‘wild area’, this is often simply left and little is done to map the wildlife using it, or to target habitat improvement for specific species.

This project aims to focus on our forgotten creatures, those that inhabit the forgotten areas.

Activities will be coordinated through our county-based network of volunteer amphibian and reptile groups (ARGs).

Cumbria ARG will work with its local diocese, and other faiths, and local communities to identify burial grounds and green spaces that may be of greatest importance to wildlife, based on their location, existing habitat or habitat connectivity, and the passion and interest of the local community

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CARG Survey group

An introduction to amphibians and reptiles on allotments pdfAllotments_leaflet.pdf

Some ID guides from ARC Trust and ARG UK:

Amphibian ID guide

Reptile ID guide

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Education Material for Schools and Parents

To record the species you see pdfRecord_Sheet.pdf      

Information posters 

A quick introduction to amphibian and reptiles for primary school children pdfPrimary_School_Amphibians_and_Reptiles_poster.pdf

Adders are Amazing Activities 

Practical activity pdf5_Food_chains_and_webs.pdf

Arts and crafts activity pdf7_Wind_snakes_activity.pdf

Practical activity pdf8_Adder_hunt_quiz_activity.pdf

Arts and crafts activity pdf9_Adder_stone_trails_activity.pdf

Arts and crafts activity pdf13_Adder_nightlights.pdf

Arts and crafts activity pdf15_Adder_amulets.pdf

Arts and crafts activity pdf17_Adder_bookmarks.pdf

Baking activity pdf18_Snake_snacks.pdf

English and literature activity pdf19_Adder_poetry_activity.pdf

Class work

Power point looking at differences between snakes and lizards (emphasis on Slow worms)    pptxReptile_school_talk_slow_worms.pptx

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Frog and toads

Basic images showing frog metamorphosis pdfFrog_cycle.pdf

A frog mask template to decorate pdfFrog_mask_template.pdf

Detailed Information on Common frogs, Common toads and NatterjackspdfNative_frog_and_toad_posters.pdf

Mix and match game - matching the correct definitions to the correct speciespdfMix_and_Match_Game.pdf

A quick guide to spawn identification jpgSlide1.JPG

Toad patrol involvement for children and vulnerable people jpgToad_Patrols_for_Children_and_Vulnerable_people.JPG

Amphibian and Reptile Quiz

Identify the correct species by just their eyeball. A tricky but fun quiz! pdfEye_ID_quiz.pdf

Mix and match game - match the correct habitat to the correct species pdfHabitat_Mix_and_Match_.pdf

Note down the correct habitat or habitats for the species. Similar to the mix and match game but with pictures!pdfHabitat_Quiz.pdf

Reptile Activities

Arts and crafts activity pdfSnake_rock_poster_activity_.pdf

 

Video Tutorials 

How to record your sightings  How to record your sightings

Membership Membership tutorial

 
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