Membership form Cumbria_ARG_membership_form.docx
Generic risk assessment ARG_UK_Generic_Risk_Assessment_Feb_2018.doc
Lone working risk assessment ARGUK_loneworking_procedures_revised_July_2011.pdf
Volunteer form ARGUKVolunteerWorkingAgreement_updated_2018.doc
Constitution (How we operate as a group)Cumbria_ARG_Constitution_2019.docx
Recording form Recording_Form_2019.docx
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 !
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!
NOW THAT CHRISTMAS IS OVER,
THERE'S ONLY ONE THING TO
BOOK A HERP HOLIDAY!?????
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 email@example.com, 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)*
Exceptional value with the following included:
Our volunteer research assistant costs start from;
GBP 479 | EUR 522 | AUD 845 | USD 582 per week
PLEASE NOTE: Costs do not include lunch and dinner or the cost of flights (but we will collect you from the airport!).
Following photos taken on Gambian tour (S.Collinson 2018)