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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
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
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 email@example.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
For more information on Cumbria Toad Patrols
Become a Patrol Manager
Have information on a toad crossing
Matt Carr County Coordinator
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 !
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.
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
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/
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: email@example.com
ill be posting more info in this group as and when i get it including letting you all know when the migration startsToad-Patrol-Pack-for-Patrollers.pdf
Annual general meeting for CARG committee and members
15th March - The Old Courthouse Shap CA10 3NL 2pm to 5pm
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.