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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

Risk Assessment

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

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

New Year Update

Posted on Sunday 17th January, 2021

Herpy New Year !

Calender

So to start with a very big thank you to all of those that were involved in the CARG Calender competition

To Ashleigh (CARG outreach) for putting the project together ! 

To all the members for their entries, absolutely amazing images !

To  the ARG UK trustees for the very difficult job of choosing the winners !

and last but not least to those that purchased a calender  - the funds will be used for much needed survey equipment for the forthcoming season.

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There is still the opportunity to buy one of these fabulous calenders 

CARG online shop

 

ARG UK position on reintroductions

ARG UK POLICY STATEMENT CONCERNING REINTRODUCTIONS

ARG UK celebrates those who are passionate about conserving our native reptile & amphibian species. We support reintroductions as a last resort (following relevant legislation & guidance) to restore the former range of species still present or return of an extinct species to its historic native range, such as northern pool frogs.

For ARG UK's full detailed position statement concerning reintroductions, please visit: https://www.arguk.org/.../arg-uk-policy-statement...

A link to ARG UK's Advice Note 12 on Reintroductions is also available there (https://www.arguk.org/.../amphibian-and-reptile...) as well as a link to a talk from our Autumn Seminar Series on understanding and managing amphibian diseases (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jjlIRHmuIg&feature=youtu.be)

 

Spawn Surveys 

The Fresh water Habitats Trust have launched their annual spawn survey - If you have spotted spawn in your pond or while out exercising (please stay safe and stick to government guidelines) let them know! Go to http://bit.ly/SpawnSurvey2021

 

 

Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Natterjack Volunteers Required 

CALL FOR CUMBRIA NATTERJACK TOAD RECORDERS! 🐸

ARC coordinate the national monitoring scheme for natterjack toads across the UK. We are currently looking for volunteer recorders in Cumbria to join our team. Find out more: www.arc-trust.org/call-for-cumbria-natterjack-toad-recorders

 

 

TOAD PATROLS

Hi Everyone. I'm starting to get my head around toad patrols for this year. if you've never heard of toad patrols its basically supporting amphibians on their migration to their breeding ponds by helping them cross busy roads (i.e. stopping them from getting squashed!). the patrols are coordinated across the country by Frog Life (more info here: https://www.froglife.org/what-we-do/toads-on-roads) but each site/crossing is managed individually. the sites need to be registered with Frog Life and all volunteers taking part also need to be registered (for insurance). i have attached the pack produced by Frog Life that has all the info in as well as the volunteer form

I manage two sites, one in South Cumbria and the other just over the border in North Lancashire. managing the sites basically involves coordinating volunteers to make sure as much as possible there is someone out patrolling when the amphibians are moving.

There are a number of patrol sites around Cumbria (these can be found following the link above) but its also possible to get new sites registered. i am in the process of contacting West Cumbria Rivers Trust who manage a couple of sites as well as the managers of the other Cumbria sites. my aim is to have a network set up so we can support each other with advertising for volunteers and with letting each other know when the migration has started

If anyone is interested in finding out more about the patrols (how they work, what you need to do etc), would like to help with mine (yes please!) or has a site in mind that may need one i am more then happy for you to msg me or email me: mail@wildlifeoasis.co.uk

I will be posting more info on the Fb page  as and when i get it including letting you all know when the migration starts

Many Thanks Matt 

 

GAMBIA August 2021

We had our first zoom meeting with Project Wild Gambia finding out what they can offer us as a group herp wise in the amazing country of The Gambia !

Previous projects can be found via this link Amphibian and Reptile Research

More info can be found on the dedicated FB page https://www.facebook.com/groups/740700883063664 in which further zoom meetings will be advertised, there is also a recording of our first meeting if you wish to watch ! 

Below is an image I (Suzie) took while in The Gambia of a beautiful Green mamba ! 

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2021 CARG calendar

Posted on Monday 30th November, 2020

It’s finally here! What we have all been waiting for, the 2021 CARG calendar. I have attached some images of the finalised calendar to get an idea of what it will look like.

Again, a massive thank you to all that submitted photos and to ARG UK for judging the competition. It was a tough one!

There are varying sizes available to buy including A5 (£8), A4 (£10) and A3 (£15). Profits made from sales go directly to CARG to support us in education outreach and survey equipment. Just click the link below!

https://www.fluidic.co.uk/c/6083/cumbria-amphibian-reptile-group

Photos used in this calendar have been taken with non-disturbance photography. Any photos you may see showing handling have been taken during surveys for identifying purposes.

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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


Events

Events

Past Events

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Reptile Survey Cliburn Moss

Sat 4th May, 2019

Beginners reptile survey day at Cliburn Moss (for members)

An introduction into basic ecology, habitat and survey techniques for the Common lizard.

Six places available and a commitment to carry on survey through the summer 2/3 visits per person maximum.

10.00am till 2.00pm.

By kind permission Natural England (Colin Auld)

Cliburn moss site and directions: pdfNE540.pdf

Book your place cumbria.arg@gmail.com

 


Adder Monitoring Finglandrigg Wood

Mon 6th May, 2019

pdfFinglandrigg_Woods_.pdf

Various dates.

Adder monitoring at Finglandrigg Woods (Natural England).

Photographing adders for individual identification.

For population estimates and for the calculation of habitat range.

Must be a member (for insurance purposes).

If you would like to participate please email cumbria.arg@gmail.com

 

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Photos by Guy Broome (2019)


Reptile Survey Cliburn Moss

Thu 4th July, 2019

Cliburn moss

Thursday 4th of July

Common lizard survey 9am -12pm

If you would like to come and help survey common lizards at Cliburn moss tomorrow please email cumbria.arg@gmail.com for further details.

Membership forms and voluntary forms are a requirement (found on 'About us page' for insurance purposes, they can be emailed or brought on the day. £5 fee covers the year, however free for students and under 16's.


Foulshaw Moss Walk and Talk

Tue 30th July, 2019

A guided amphibian and reptile walk around the Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve at Foulshaw Moss.

Please use facebook page link to show interest.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/589703024785031/?ref=bookmarks

 


Drumburgh moss

Sat 31st August, 2019 - Sat 31st August, 2019

Saturday the 31st of August at 10.00am a guided walk given by reserve manager Kevin Scott will take place around the Cumbria Wildlife Trust site of Drumburgh moss.

The trust has seen a reduced number of sightings over the last couple of years of Adders and Common lizards and they would like Cumbria ARG volunteers to carry out a survey to estimate the populations of these reptiles.

The actual survey will commence early next year and people that would like to be involved are required to be CARG members for insurance purposes. Guidance and training on survey techniques will be given prior to the start of the survey.

common lizard

For more information, history, location, fauna and flora that can be observed at Drumburgh see the following link:

https://www.cumbriawildlifetrust.org.uk/nature-reserves/drumburgh-moss

To register your interest or for more information email: cumbria.arg@gmail.com 

 


Presentation - An Investigation of a Secretive Reptile (Date change 21st October)

Mon 21st October, 2019

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University of Cumbria, Fusehill St. Carlisle

Learning Gateway, Lecturer Theatre 6pm

An Informative talk on a two year study investigating the individual indentification of the cryptic lizard  - Slow worm (Anguis fragilis)

Also information on Cumbria ARG, how to join and how to get involved with the counties native amphibians and reptiles.

 


A Trip to the Zoo !

Sun 10th November, 2019

Sunday the 10th of November 10.00 am onwards we have a end of season trip to Lakeland Wildlife Oasis at Milnthorpe LA7 7FE

  • Meeting at 10 am at the Oasis we will be given a personal guided tour of the herp enclosures (animal handling included !!!!!!!)

 

  • The committee and members will have an end of season meeting, reflecting on the first few months and what as a group we have planned for 2020 

 

  • Non members are more than welcome to join us if they wish to meet us, they would like to become members, they have ideas for future events etc.and to find out what we have planned

 

  • The rest of the day is yours to enjoy at your own pace

 

  • The entrance price for this visit has been kindly reduced to £7 per adult - this also includes a CARG organised return visit  - FREE OF CHARGE - at the beginning of next year !!!!!!!!

 

Link to website https://wildlifeoasis.co.uk/

 

 

 

 

 


Cumbria Toad Patrols

Mon 20th January, 2020

hi everyone. i'm starting to get my head around toad patrols for this year. if you've never heard of toad patrols its basically supporting amphibians on their migration to their breeding ponds by helping them cross busy roads (i.e. stopping them from getting squashed!). the patrols are coordinated across the country by Frog Life (more info here: https://www.froglife.org/what-we-do/toads-on-roads) but each site/crossing is managed individually. the sites need to be registered with Frog Life and all volunteers taking part also need to be registered (for insurance). i have attached the pack produced by Frog Life that has all the info in as well as the volunteer form

I manage two sites, one in South Cumbria and the other just over the border in North Lancashire. managing the sites basically involves coordinating volunteers to make sure as much as possible there is someone out patrolling when the amphibians are moving.

there are a number of patrol sites around cumbria (these can be found following the link above) but its also possible to get new sites registered. i am in the process of contacting West Cumbria Rivers Trust who manage a couple of sites as well as the managers of the other Cumbria sites. my aim is to have a network set up so we can support each other with advertising for volunteers and with letting each other know when the migration has started

if anyone is interested in finding out more about the patrols (how they work, what you need to do etc), would like to help with mine (yes please!) or has a site in mind that may need one i am more then happy for you to msg me or email me: mail@wildlifeoasis.co.uk

ill be posting more info in this group as and when i get it including letting you all know when the migration startspdfToad-Patrol-Pack-for-Patrollers.pdf

Many Thanks

Marr Carr


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 

https://www.arc-trust.org/Event/hwm2020

Herps Workers Meeting 2020

 


AGM CARG Members

Sun 15th March, 2020 - Sun 15th March, 2020

Annual general meeting for CARG committee and members

15th March -  The Old Courthouse Shap CA10 3NL    2pm to 5pm 

 


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Become a Member

Become a Member

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

To become a member send an email request to

secretary.carg@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.

 
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Education /Tutorials

Education /Tutorials

Education Material for Schools and Parents

To record the species you see pdfRecord_Sheet.pdf      

Information posters 

pdfPrimary_School_Amphibians_and_Reptiles_poster.pdf

Adders are Amazing Activities 

pdf5_Food_chains_and_webs.pdf

pdf7_Wind_snakes_activity.pdf

pdf8_Adder_hunt_quiz_activity.pdf

pdf9_Adder_stone_trails_activity.pdf

pdf13_Adder_nightlights.pdf

pdf15_Adder_amulets.pdf

pdf17_Adder_bookmarks.pdf

pdf18_Snake_snacks.pdf

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

 

Video Tutorials 

How to record your sightings  How to record your sightings

Membership Membership tutorial

 
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