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 free. New members are welcome to apply to join at any time. You can download a membership form here: CRAG_Membership_Application_Form_2018_Blank.doc.
Vice Chair of the ARG UK Panel Jon Cranfield joined members of CRAG for a spot of adder, lizard watching alongside checking up on toad and frog breeding ponds at Windmill Farm and Goonhilly Downs.
Lizards were very much evident in the sunshine with a few adders spotted. Toad spawn was found in the deeper ponds at Windmill Farm. The most interesting find was the tadpoles in small temporary ponds and puddles at both sites. The tadpoles were up to 2 inches in length.
Frog spawn in this part of the country is very early - reported to have been October to December 2011. While people are finding frogs in their garden ponds and in nature reserves in other parts of the country the frog tadpoles have been developing very fast indeed.
The temporary nature of the ponds and the early spawning may have led to a faster cycle for the tadpoles which will need to change into froglets before the ponds dry up in the late spring early summer.
See the gallery for more photos of the ponds, tadpoles and reptiles
Cornish sand lizards get a helping hand
Posted on Wednesday 29th February, 2012
Cornwall's sand lizard colony has been given a helping hand by the group's volunteers. Overgrown vegetation was cut back to provide suitable habitat for the sand lizards in North Cornwall Coast.
20 volunteers were called upon to help throughout February. The important work will enable the lizards to find suitable environments away from the madding crowds of the public.
Further surveys are planned at the site so please do contact CRAG for more details.