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.
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.
During the winter months, CRAG members got stuck in to help the sand lizards by carrying out some habitat improvement work.The finished habitat looks terrific and now we just hope the lizards will think so too. Check out the photos in our gallery.
Well done everyone who gave time to help out.
We hope to have more hands on management activities for next winter.
Thamks to Paul Smith, Catriona Neal & Pete Mycock for the great photos.
A leap day of herping on the Lizard, Cornwall
Posted on Wednesday 29th February, 2012
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.
The next CRAG evening talk will be on Thursday 29th April at 7pm. This month we welcome Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s Andy Nelson to talk about the Dynamic Dunescapes conservation project and how you can get involved. Tickets are available by clicking the link below. This free event will be held via Zoom.
Many of us know and love sand dunes as beautiful coastal landscapes, but they are also one of the most threatened habitats in Europe for biodiversity loss. Dynamic Dunescapes, an ambitious conservation project funded by the EU LIFE Programme and the National Lottery Heritage Fund, works on coastal dunes across England and Wales for people and wildlife. Led in Cornwall by Cornwall Wildlife Trust, the project works in two locations: The Towans, near Hayle and Penhale Dunes, near Perranporth. Join Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s People Engagement Officer Andy Nelson as he talks about how the project is both using pioneering conservation techniques and striving to engage with the public about these amazing places. Dunes are hugely valuable habitats for reptiles and amphibians and these sites are no exception.