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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Events

Events

Past Events

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workshop on survey protocols for herp populations.

Fri 16th March, 2012

Places are limited, so please contact Simone Breckell simone.breckell1@cornwall.ac.uk as soon as possible to register.

Please forward this information to anyone you know would be interested.

Best wishes

Simone Breckell

Receptionist

Cornwall College Newquay

01637 857957


Visit to Bissoe Reserve

Sat 14th April, 2012

CRAG - visit to Bissoe reserve Sat nav: TR4 8QZ Grid ref: SW772 414 Hope you can make it. Please let me know if you will be attending. Email: newtpete@hotmail.co.uk


CRAG outing at Swanpool with Jack Perks

Sat 16th June, 2012

Meet at Swanpool car park (near the crazy golf) at 09:30am

Jack Perks has kindly offered to show us around the site.

The meeting will last for about 2 hours

Please have a look at some of Jack's photos from previous outings, on his website

www.jackperksphotography.co.uk

Please make a big effort to attend, as we need to encourage members to arrange further outings around the county.


Bio-blitz at Tremough campus

Sat 16th June, 2012

Tremough campus are holding a Bio-blitz to record as much wildlife for the site as they. CRAG already has an event at Swanpool on this day, but would be great if members were able to drop into Tremough to help locate and identify any reptiles and amphibians on campus.

It may be possible for some CRAG members to attend both events, as it would be good for the groups focus to have some input and hopefully get some records.


Argal & College Reservoirs

Sat 21st July, 2012

Meet at Argal car park at 10:30am (there is a pay and display parking system). Meet with CRAG members and hopefully see some amphibians and reptiles.


Habitat Management at Bassett's Cove

Sun 18th November, 2012

This will be the first task day in a project to restore/enhance an area of habitat, particularly for the benefit of adders. Basset's Cove is on the coast close to Tehidy Country Park. Meet at Bassett's Cove car park at 09:30. Please bring along bowsaws, loppers, mattocks, slashers, shears, spades and forks if you can. There will be a limited number of extra tools around. Also bring a packed lunch and dress for the weather on the day. Any further details or questions contact me at newtpete@hotmail.co.uk .


Indoor Meeting at Tremough Campus (19:00 - 21:00)

Tue 4th December, 2012

This will be a presentation on amphibian and reptile survey methods. As survey work is such a key part of CRAG's reason for existence, I hope that as many members as possible will come along to find out more and/or (if you are already fully familiar with the survey methodologies) to contribute to the discussion. Further details to follow.


Group meeting

Tue 18th March, 2014

We will be holding an activity planning evening at the Butchers Arms, Zelah. 18th March 2014

Meeting starts at 7pm sharp.

Please contact the Secretary if you are not a member but would like to attend.


Bioblitz

Sat 31st May, 2014

Exeter University are holding their annual Bioblitz at Tremough campus. The event is intended to promote an interest in wildlife and many groups take part. CRAG have been invited and will be attending. We will also help support SINNG which are a local group focused on research into Non-native invasive species. This includes fauna and flora species.

Penhale Sand Dunes reptile and amphibian surveys

Sat 9th April, 2016

This previously popular outting allows members the opportunity to enjoy surveying the extremely unique Special Area of Conservation that is Penhale Sand Dunes. We shall be conducting reptile surveys on a site known for adder, grass snakes and slow worms. As well as surveying for reptiles we will be checking the ponds for amphibians with chances of finding common toad, common frog and palmate newt.

Please meet by the South Gate near Treworthen Farm, Cubert (SW783567) just before 10am. Jon Cripps the Ranger will meet us and let us in to the MOD area. Anyone arriving after this will not have access.

This is a members only event however non-members can join on the day at just £5. Student membership is free. Stay tuned for more exciting events!


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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