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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


Tue 9th October, 2018 - Tue 9th October, 2018




To be held in Room C10 of the Durrell Building of

Cornwall College Newquay, Wildflower Lane, , Trenance Gardens

Newquay TR7 2LZ

at 6:00pm on Tuesday, 9th October 2018.



  1.  Apologies
  2.  Matters arising from the previous meeting
  3.  A report from the Chairman
  4.  A report from the Membership Secretary
  5.  A presentation of accounts by the Treasurer
  6.  In the absence of a Secretary, a clarification of roles within the committee
  7.  Election of Officers and Committee Members
  8.  An update on sites that have been visited in the past, and how we are able to cover them in the current year
  9.  Discussion about the use of funds generated by our workshop
  10.  Any other business

CRAG Meeting

Tue 4th December, 2018 - Tue 4th December, 2018

6:00pm at Cornwall College, Newquay

CRAG are holding out next meeting this Tuesday and welcome new and existing members. An email has been sent to members with full details. Come along to hear what your local ARG has been doing and have your say.

Email for more information.

Pond Maintenance at Treloggan Doorstep Green, Newquay

Sat 8th December, 2018 - Sat 8th December, 2018

Saturday from 10:00-14:00

CRAG will be helping residents and volunteers at Treloggan Doorstep Green who have worked tirelessly over the last few years to restore the pond. We plan to dig out the silted stream to increase the water flow to the pond.
Bring gloves, secateurs and spades if you have them. Wear clothing appropriate for the weather. Bring lunch and drinks.

If you would like to join us, please contact our trip leader Nicola Morris:


Tremough BioBlitz

Sat 4th May, 2019

Saturday 4th May 10am-4pm

The annual BioBlitz held at Penryn Campus. A BioBlitz is an event in which people attempt to record as many different species as they can within a set time limit. There will be several stalls and stands from environmental organisations, including CRAG. Paul Diamond has very kindly offered to run our stand but if anyone else is keen to help please do get in touch. Parking is free and families are welcome.

Pond Dipping at Treloggan Doorstep Green

Sat 4th May, 2019

Saturday 4th May 1:30pm to 3pm

Come and join Treloggan Community Action Group at the pond for our first pond dipping session of the year! 

All families welcome. Please make sure children wear old clothes as getting a bit wet and mucky is part of the fun!

At Treloggan Doorstep Green, Quintrell Downs.

CRAG Meeting

Tue 7th May, 2019

CRAG are holding our next indoor meeting at 6pm on Tuesday 7th May at Cornwall College Newquay and welcome new and existing members. Email for more information. Come along and find out what we've been getting up to, and how you can get involved.

Sand Lizard Survey

Sat 11th May, 2019

Saturday 11th May 8.30am-11am

North Cornwall coast, exact location to by supplied on booking. Parking charge applies.

Please make sure you have completed your Volunteer Working Agreement before you book on to any of our events and trips.You MUST have an online form completed in order to be covered under our insurance and you will not be able to attend without it. Contact our member secretary for more information.

Clothing - please wear clothing appropriate for the weather conditions, check the forecast! Wear wellies and bring drinking water and sun cream.
Equipment - a spade and gardening gloves (if you have them) and a camera.
Booking is essential and spaces are limited so please email to book a place.
Please also provide a contact number, as if the weather is terrible, the event will be cancelled.  

Reptile survey trip to Bedruthan Steps

Sat 12th October, 2019 - Sat 12th October, 2019

Time: 10.30am 

Meeting point: National Trust car park at Carnewas (by Bedruthan Steps) grid ref: SW 850 690 Post code: PL27 7UW

What to bring: clothing appropriate for the weather conditions. Wellies are essential. Drinking water.

Trip leader: Nicola Morris
Booking essential as spaces are limited.
To book your place or if you have any questions please email
You must be a CRAG member to attend and have completed your online Volunteer Workers Agreement. This is for insurance purposes. If you have any questions about the online VWA or are having trouble accessing the ARG WEB, our online membership portal, please get in touch with us.

Penhale Outing

Sat 2nd November, 2019 - Sat 2nd November, 2019

We have been invited to join Jon Cripps, Cornwall Wildlife Trust Ranger, at Penhale Sand Dunes on Saturday 2nd November. We will be talking about the upcoming Dynamic Dunes Project and new Countryside Stewardship Scheme and planned habitat work. After lunch we have the chance to help with scrub control at this important site for reptiles and amphibians including adders.

Please make sure you have completed your Volunteer Workers Agreement (VWA) on ARGweb. This can be found in the section marked 'My CRAG account'. This is so we have your most up to date emergency contact details. If this is not done unfortunately the offer of volunteer work cannot be accepted.


South Gate entrance to MOD training area, on a sharp bend in the road just to the north of Mount, to the west of Treworthen Farm. SW783567.

Please wear clothing appropriate for the weather conditions and wear WELLIES. Bring waterproofs, lunch, gloves and loppers/secateurs/bow saw if you have them.

To book a place please email trip leader Nicola Morris -

Windmill Farm Trip

Sun 15th March, 2020 - Sun 15th March, 2020


We are running a trip to Windmill Farm on the Lizard to visit the nature reserve. Dougy, the Warden, will be leading a walk at the site which is great for both reptiles and amphibians. Frogspawn have been recorded here during November each year! Dougy is hugely knowledgeable on the site and the wildlife there and this is always a popular trip.

Trip details: -
Windmill Farm Nature Reserve
OS map reference SW694153
Date - Sunday 15th March 2020
Time - meet at 10.30 at the car park
Wellies essential, waterproofs and clothing to suit the weather conditions.
Bring lunch and drinks
No dogs allowed

If you would like to join us please contact the trip leader (Nicola Morris) to book a place.



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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