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 and that includes non-natives such as terrapins.



CRAG Talks

Posted on Sunday 21st February, 2021

CRAG are hosting a series of monthly talks via Zoom. You can book your free space via Eventbrite to watch live, or catch up with past talks on YouTube.

If you missed our first online CRAG evening talk it is now available on CRAG's new YouTube channel. Dr Steve Green, CRAG Scientific Officer, gave an excellent talk on the research he and the students at Cornwall College Newquay have been doing at one of our sites. Their work is helping to inform reptile management and also advise the developers of a new cycle path. A great example of the enormous value of your volunteering in Cornwall.

Follow the link to the video.

Our next talk is next Thursday 25th February. Join us as our Secretary Alice Pawlik delves into the fascinating world of amphibians. Her PhD research looks at whether antimicrobial pollutants alter amphibian disease susceptibility. Find out how you can get involved.

Follow this link to register for the talk

You can join CRAG to receive email updates when a new talk is coming up, or check our Events page or Eventbrite.

Winners of the CRAG Photography Competition 2020

Posted on Saturday 6th February, 2021

Thank you to everyone who entered such beautiful photos into the CRAG photography competition 2020. You may have seen the winners images already. All winners received a year's free membership to CRAG. Winners of the adult class also received a copy of Howard Inns Britain's Reptiles and Amphibians and our children's class winner received ARG UK's Adders are Amazing Activity Pack along with the complete collection of the Frog and Toad books. Our judging panel had a difficult task choosing the winners and it was very close. We look forward to launching the 2021 competition in the coming months.


Huge congratulations to our winners: -

Jasper Wicks - Winner of the children's class

1 Jasper Wicks under 11

Laura Snell - Winner of the over 18's class

Lizard on a Log by Laura Snell

Ellie Smart - Runner up in the over 18's class

 Toadlet by Ellie Smart

Well done to everyone who entered. Keep an eye out for your photos on our social media pages over the coming months.

CRAG's First Photography Competition

Posted on Wednesday 12th August, 2020

We are very excited to announce our very first photography competition!

No matter what your age or photography experience, we want to see your photographs of Cornwall's amazing reptiles and amphibians! We even have prizes for the best shots!

If interested make sure to check the rules of the competition on the poster. The competition is open till the 1st November, so you have plenty of time to get that shot!

Happy herping!

Click here for rules of the competition

Events Postponed Until Further Notice

Posted on Thursday 19th March, 2020

In light of the coronavirus outbreak all group surveys and meetings will be postponed until further notice. This is in line with Government advice and that issued by ARG UK. Please follow the link below to read our latest advice:

Thank you to those who kindly offered to lead survey trips over the coming weeks. Whilst we all want to head out and enjoy the season we can't put anyone at risk and the health and safety of our members is paramount. Providing members follow current advice on coronavirus and our lone working procedures Site Champions can continue to monitor local sites but all group work is suspended.Wishing you good health and I look forward to seeing you as soon as we are able to meet for a survey.


CRAG Pond Dip Kit and Goonhavern School Pond Clearance

Posted on Wednesday 24th July, 2019

Earlier this year, CRAG invested in a set of nets, trays and other pond dipping equipment for amphibian surveys and educational activities. CRAG members have already used the kit extensively at various events, including regular community pond dips at Treloggan, Newquay, led by Teri Nicholls.

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Meanwhile, Mark and Tricia Nicholson have been leading a project at Goonhavern School, which their granddaughter attends, to restore the school’s disappearing pond and bring it back into use. Pond dipping sessions using the CRAG kit have been invaluable in generating staff and pupil enthusiasm, awareness and involvement.

The pond was choked by reeds, smothered by the invasive non-native Crassula weed and half-covered by brambles, leaving hardly any water. Gradual clearance of this vegetation has brought the pond back to life, with each dipping day revealing a greater abundance and diversity of creatures.

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Dealing with Crassula will be an ongoing issue, as this species grows on both water and land and is very difficult to control. It can recolonise a pond – or colonise another pond if transferred – from a small leaf fragment. All weed removed from the pond is being composted on-site in black plastic bags. If totally deprived of sunlight, it should die after several months.

To avoid the spread of invasive plants and diseases from one pond to another, the kit is thoroughly checked for plant fragments, cleaned and dried between events and outings.



Past Events

Show Upcoming Events

CRAG Meeting

Tue 28th February, 2017

6:45pm - The Hawkins Arms, Zelah

Regular group meeting. All members welcome, as well as those who are considering becoming a member. Come and find out what the group is getting up to and share your opinion!

CRAG Outing to Windmill Farm

Sun 26th March, 2017

1:00pm-3:00pm - Windmill Farm Nature Reserve

Windmill Farm is 1 mile north of Lizard village. Take the A3083 (Helston to Lizard) towards Lizard village and turn right at the 'Wild Camping' sign. Follow the lane till you see the windmill. Park in the open area at the end of the lane.


If you can, please let us know if you are able to come by emailing our secretary, Nicola Morris.

Marram Planting at Constantine 10am-3.30pm

Sat 13th May, 2017

CRAG will be undertaking a marram grass planting task at Constantine Bay. The task will not only help stabilise the exposed sand, but create the foundations to restore the dune which will in turn provide valuable and improved habitat for the lizard population at this site.
Meeting at Constantine Bay Car park. Nearest postcode; PL28 8JJ (Map Ref SW 859 745). The car park is small so you may need to park at the top of the lane opposite the surf shop (7 minute walk to the car park).
Bring lunch, water, gloves, small hand trowel (important!), spade if you have one, appropriate clothing for the weather conditions and sun cream.
You do not need to stay for the duration, any time you can offer will be greatly appreciated. After the task (weather permitting), Helen will lead an informal walk and talk session for CRAG members on site with the hope of spotting the odd lizard or two, you are welcome to join and quiz her on all things lizard related.
Directions: Take the A39 to Winnard’s Perch, take the B3274 towards Padstow and St Merryn and then follow signs to St. Merryn. From there, go towards Trevose Golf Club, but don’t make the turn to the golf club, stay on the road that hairpins to the left, on to by the small post box, sign posted right to Constantine Bay, on to the very end of the lane to the car park.
If you would like to join CRAG on this task or require any further information please email Helen Fearnley (Trip Leader)>. Please note there is limited mobile reception on site, so please make sure you arrive on time, or contact Helen ahead of the task day, for the specific work location if you plan joining us later in the day.

Reptile surveys at Penhale Sand Dunes 9.15am-11.30am

Sat 20th May, 2017

This site is closed to public access so relatively undisturbed and a great place to see reptiles and other wildlife. We will meet at the gates to the dunes which will be locked once we enter so you must arrive on time. Nearest post code: - TR8 5PZ This takes you to a nearby farm. Drive past the farm until you reach a sharp left hand bend. The gate will be directly in front of you. Grid ref SW 78328 56670
If you would like to join CRAG at this event please contact Nicola Morris (Trip Leader)>

CRAG Meeting

Tue 30th May, 2017

6:45pm - The Hawkins Arms, Zelah

Regular group meeting. All members welcome, as well as those who are considering becoming a member. Come and find out what the group is getting up to and share your opinion!

Survey and recording at Carn Moor Nature Reserve, Goonhavern

Sat 30th September, 2017


CRAG will be running a reptile survey and recording field trip to Carn Moor Nature Reserve, nr Goonhavern.  A lovely site to see reptiles.

Directions: Due to the limited parking near the site we will meet at Goonhavern Garden Centre TR4 9QQ and car share from there to the site nearby.

If you would like to join CRAG at this event please contact Steve Green (Trip Leader)

Cornwall Reptile and Amphibian Group AGM

Mon 9th October, 2017

The Cornwall Reptile and Amphibian Group AGM will be held at Cornwall College Newquay, Wildflower Lane, Trenance Gardens, Newquay TR7 2LZ on Monday 9th October at 6pm. If you haven’t been to a meeting before now is your chance to meet everyone and find out what you can do to help our reptiles and amphibians in Cornwall.

We are a friendly group and would love to see you. If you aren’t able to make it but would like to contribute something for discussion do let me know.

Outing to Bedruthan Steps

Sun 25th March, 2018

We are having an outing to Bedruthan Steps, where 22 tins are in place in an area quite full of interesting reptiles. 

Meet at 11:00am in the National Trust Carnewas carpark, which is close to Bedruthan Steps. The nearest postcode is PL27 7UW and grid reference SW 850 690.

Wellies are advised to get through the gorse, and there are also wet areas.

If you would like to join us, please contact Sarah Stevens, email address, tel 01208 863821

Reptile and Amphibian Surveying Workshop

Sat 28th April, 2018

In conjunction with the Environmental Record Centre for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (ERCCIS), we are leading a one-day workshop on the survey techniques and identification of the reptiles and amphibians found in our county. The workshop will include a field trip to a nearby site known for its herpetofauna. For complete beginners through to more experienced practitioners who need a brush up and structured CPD.

Location: The Cornwall Wildlife Trust, Allet, Truro

Cost: £25 for most people, £50 for those working for commercial or government organisations

Booking is essential. To download a booking form, go to or email


Reptile Survey at Penhale Dunes

Sun 20th May, 2018

Sun, 20/05/2018 - 10:00am - 1:00pm

This is a joint event with the Cornwall Wildlife Trust.

Find out how to survey for our native lizards and snakes. As long as the weather is reasonably mild, we expect the reptiles at this site to co-operate in being studied.

The Reserve Ranger has asked us to put a maximum of 20 on the bookings. Attendance will be by booking only. CWT Reception will take all the bookings and send directions. To book, call (01872) 273939.



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. If you are applying for membership for the first time please download a membership application form at the bottom of the page and return to our secretary at

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.

Payment options


Application form for new members.


Contact us

Contact Us

For general enquiries please contact:

Chair - Nicola Morris -


For question relating to the ecology of amphibians and reptiles in Cornwall please contact our Scientific Officer (see details below).


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



Secretary - Katy Nicholls -

Scientific Officer - Stephen Green -

Treasurer - Mark Nicholson

Web Officer - Laura Fox

Social Media Officer - Becky Turner




Upcoming Events

Upcoming events will be listed here.

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