Cornwall Reptile & Amphibian Group
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CRAG - Cornwall Reptile & Amphibian Group

CRAG aims to increase awareness and action on behalf of Cornwall's reptiles (snakes and lizards) and amphibians (frogs, toads and newts)
Its activities include

  • Outings and meetings to develop members knowledge of the species found in the county
  • Participation in survey work
  • Practical conservation tasks
  • We also have social activities and get togethers with other specialist wildlife groups.

The group is open to anyone who would like to be involved with amphibian and reptile conservation in Cornwall.

A small annual subscription of £5.00 is payable by all Members, except students who can currently become a member for £1. New members are welcome to apply to join at any time. Click the Membership tab for full details.

CRAG is affiliated to the Amphibian & Reptile Groups of UK.

Please record all sightings of reptiles and amphibians seen in and around Cornwall - that includes non-natives such as terrapins. The easiest way to do this is to click on the 'Record a sighting' tab above and fill out the form. Although we love watching these animals from a safe distance, sadly not everyone appreciates them so please remember never to share exact locations on social media.

News

News

CRAG Photography Competition 2024

Posted on Saturday 9th March, 2024

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Email your entries to argcornwall@gmail.com


Reptile Survey Training Day

Posted on Saturday 9th March, 2024

On 2nd March 2024, ten CRAG members gathered for a Reptile Survey Training Day in North Cornwall. Led by Helen Fearnley, the event began with an indoor presentation on the UK reptile species, their identification and their natural history. This led on to practical advice on how to find and record them in the field.

The methodology was based on protocols used by the ARC Trust for its National Reptile Survey. Please see the following link for details of that: https://reptile-survey.arc-trust.org/

An afternoon visit to a sand dune site reinforced the survey methods, although cold and windy conditions meant that no reptiles appeared on the day.

Thanks to Helen for organising and leading the training. Also to Andy Nelson of Cornwall Wildlife Trust, who provided sponsorship for the event on behalf of the Making Space for Sand project.

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Winners of the CRAG Photography Competition 2022

Posted on Wednesday 21st December, 2022

18+ Category

We are very happy to announce the '18 or older' category winner of our annual photography competition!

This image was captured by Roger Fleet.

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Judges enjoyed this image as the toad is sharp in contrast with the soft background, allowing the details of the toads skin to be captured!

Roger has some prizes on the way, including a book which was kindly donates by NHBS. Check them out as they have a wide range of books and wildlife products, perfect for a gift to yourself or someone special!

 

18+ runner up

We are very happy to announce the runner-up to the '18 or older' category winner of our annual photography competition! Unfortunately no one entered the '12-17 category' so we didn't want a prize to go to waste!

This image was captured by George Turner.

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Judges enjoyed this image as the slow worm was sharp in contrast to the background, and captured the sunlight that every reptile is looking for.

George has some prizes on the way, including a book which was kindly donates by NHBS . Check them out as they have a wide range of books and wildlife products, perfect for a gift to yourself or someone special!

 

Up to 11 years Category

We are very happy to announce the 'Up to 11 years' category winner of our annual photography competition!

This image was captured by Olivia Williams. 

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It's amazing to see people such as Olivia at such a young age getting involved and being interested in their local wildlife.

Olivia has some prizes on the way, including a book which was kindly donated by Evelyn Sinclair. Her books are perfect for children to learn about our native wildlife.


Newquay University Centre students take action

Posted on Thursday 8th December, 2022

On Tuesday our scientific officer Stephen was joined by students from @newquayuniversitycentre to do some habitat management, and perhaps spot some of the local wildlife.

Habitat management is a key part in protecting our native reptiles and amphibians. By making the site suitable for them, it provides prime habitat for them in order to thrive.

They also did some updates on some reptile mats, another tool used to survey the populations which are used in ongoing studies!

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CRAG Photography Competition 2022

Posted on Tuesday 17th May, 2022

We are very excited to announce our 3rd annual photography competition!

Have you spotted one of our native reptile or amphibians in Cornwall?

Fancy yourself a photographer? Why not enter our free competition? We have categories for different age groups as we want to see everyone get involved!

Aside from a few rules which can be seen on our poster there is no theme so you can be as creative as you would like!

Prizes will be rewarded for the best!

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Membership

Membership

Membership: Only £5 per year! 

A small annual subscription of £5.00 is payable by all Members, except students who can join for just £1 upon proof of studentship by using their student email. Subscribe online using PayPal or Standing Order.

New members are welcome to apply to join at any time. Members are eligible to join us on surveys, trips, take part in regular monitoring, practical conservation tasks and attend our social events. For insurance purposes you must be a member to take part in activities organised by CRAG.

 

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Contact us

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact:

argcornwall@gmail.com 

 

If you have any questions about reptiles or amphibians please contact our Science Officer below.

 

CRAG is always looking for new volunteers to help with habitat management and species monitoring. If you would like to get involved, please get in touch.

 

 

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Acting Chair - Ethan Henderson - Ethe94@gmail.com

Science Officer - Stephen Green - stephen.green@cornwall.ac.uk

Amphibian Champion -  Alice Pawlik - alicepawlik6@hotmail.com

Treasurer - Mark Nicholson

Secretary - Ethan Henderson - Ethe94@gmail.com

Social Media Officer - Ethan Henderson - Ethe94@gmail.com

Volunteer Coordinator - Emily Menear

Data Officer - Becky Turner

Web Officer - Laura Fox

 

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