The new Northern Ireland Amphibian and Reptile Group (NIARG) would like to welcome you to our page and hopefully volunteer with us in the future. We are a recently founded group and looking to help raise awareness of herpetofauna in Northern Ireland, promote their conservation and research into our own native species as few as they may be.
We are looking to begin building relationships with local institutes and educational bodies to promote awareness and improve the current records of our populations of newts lizards and frogs with a structured approach to surveying in the lesser explored areas of the map.
NIARG will be assisting with the new "dragons in the hills" project established by ARG which aims to conserve some of our priority wildlife species through community action. This exciting new project has been developed by a partnership including Newry, Mourne and Down District Council (NMDDC), Amphibian and Reptile Groups of the UK (ARG UK) and The Herpetological Society of Ireland (HSI). This project will be based in Newry, however, NIARG's reach will encompass all of the 6 counties.
Promotion of our own "whats in your pond" initiative will also be a focal point to raise awareness and interest in the younger generation and encourage them to take part in nature and help protect what our country has to offer.
We look forward to having you with us to promote and conserve our native species.