ARAG was first set up in 1995 and has become firmly established since 2006. It seeks to promote reptile and amphibian conservation throughout the counties of Bristol, South Glos, Bath & North East Somerset and North Somerset. It aims to improve the knowledge of the distribution of our native herpetofauna, educate the public and increase the awareness of the challenges faced by this group of animals.
ARAG is committed to achieving these aims through surveys, undertaking practical conservation projects, and assisting with local toad patrols.
If you are keen to join the group and participate in activities then please complete the joining slip and email this to firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also join our Facebook group by clicking on this link - https://www.facebook.com/groups/AvonRAG/
Please note that simply joining the Facebook group will not give you membership to the full group. For this you will need to complete the joining slip and email this to email@example.com
If you are visiting this site having seen a media clip or press release about toad patrols then hopefully we can help point you in the right direction. Please click on the Toad Patrols tab above.
ARAG is intending to conduct the training as part of the National Amphibian and Reptile Recording Scheme on the 26th March at Elm Farm, Burnett. More details will follow once the details have been confirmed.
The training will be free to all those who have registered to survey a designated NARRS square but £10 for those who have not. All funds will be used by ARAG to cover costs of this and some future events.
If you are interested please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you are visiting this site having seen a media clip or press release about toad patrols then hopefully we can help point you in the right direction.
For patrols run by ARAG (Fishponds, Chew Valley, Bitton & Paulton) you can download the risk assessment & insurance forms by visiting the next tab - Toad Patrol Forms. You cannot join the group until you have completed the insurance forms so please do this before getting in touch.
For other patrols in the area please hit the link to the virtual map below. This will direct you to your closest toad patrol and will put you in touch with the Patrol Leader for that site.
If you use Facebook then you can also visit/join the Facebook group for the patrol of your choosing. For patrols run by ARAG please click on the links below. Joining the Facebook group on its own will not add you to the full toad patrol group. To fully join the patrol you must complete an insurance form by visiting the next tab - Toad Patrol Forms.
Fishponds Toad Patrol - https://www.facebook.com/groups/FishpondsToads/
Chew Toad Patrol - https://www.facebook.com/groups/ChewToads/
Bitton Toad Patrol - https://www.facebook.com/groups/BittonToads/
Paulton Toad Patrol - https://www.facebook.com/groups/paultontoads
To join other local patrols via Facebook please follow the links below:
Portishead - https://www.facebook.com/portisheadfrogs/
Cameley & Clutton - https://www.facebook.com/groups/282369559920106
Join a Toad Patrol by Completing the Forms Below:
We are looking for volunteers to help with our annual toad patrols. Patrols take place nightly in early spring each year. If you are interested in helping with the patrol then please download the attached files for the relevant patrol below and email the completed insurance form to the email address specified below. You cannot join a patrol until you have read the risk assessment & completed an insurance form so please do this before getting in touch. The other files should answer the majority of questions you may and further guidance will be provided when you start to patrol.
Fishponds Toad Patrol - please email the insurance form to Fishpondstoads@arag.org.uk
Chew Toad Patrol - please email the insurance form to Chewvalleytoads@arag.org.uk
Bitton Toad Patrol - please email the insurance form to email@example.com
Paulton Toad Patrol - please email the insurance form to firstname.lastname@example.org
Joining ARAG - To join please complete the attached ARAG Joining Slip and email this to Info@arag.org.uk Once approved you will be sent an email via our website.
You can also join/follow our Facebook page too. Please note that joining the Facebook group alone does not add you to our membership list for ARAG or for individual Toad Patrols.
Submitting Reptile & Amphibian Records - Please visit the Record A Sighting tab. You can submit your records directly from this tab. If you have seen a snake or lizard please also email Info@arag.org.uk
If you have seen large numbers of amphibians on roads in springtime in an area not covered by one of our Toad Patrols please email Info@arag.org.uk
General Enquiries & Rescues - if you need assistance or need to contact us about an amphibian or reptile rescue please contact Info@arag.org.uk Please note that we are a volunteer organisation with limited resources.
Upcoming events will be listed here.