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
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!
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.
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: NE540.pdf
Book your place firstname.lastname@example.org
Photos by Guy Broome (2019)
Thursday 4th of July
If you would like to come and help survey common lizards at Cliburn moss tomorrow please email email@example.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.
A guided amphibian and reptile walk around the Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve at Foulshaw Moss.
Please use facebook page link to show interest.
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.
For more information, history, location, fauna and flora that can be observed at Drumburgh see the following link:
To register your interest or for more information email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Sunday the 10th of November 10.00 am onwards we have a end of season trip to Lakeland Wildlife Oasis at Milnthorpe LA7 7FE
Link to website https://wildlifeoasis.co.uk/