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 Avon and North East 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 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. If you are outside of the Avon area please visit the following link.
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.
Several areas have been surveyed in the region by ARAG volunteers, including old cemeteries in Bristol and Bath, Chew Valley Lake, Cheddar Gorge as well as part of the Mendips.
One cemetery was found to contain loads of Slow-worms while these and Common Lizard were also found at a site in the Mendips. It was also a good year for snakes with Iain Adderton and Andy Ryder catching two Adders and two Grass Snakes at various sites.
Unfortunately, Grass Snake numbers were not as impressive as those recorded at the same site in 2008, although it is hoped they will be better in 2010.
Posted on Thursday 20th January, 2011
Despite having to cancel the event several times due to bad weather, which always seemed to occur at the weekend, reptile hibernacula was constructed along the banks of Chew Valley Lake.
The site was chosen where several Grass Snakes were found in 2008 so it was hoped that it would be used over winter.
Although perhaps not as large or complex as those used in reptile mitigation projects by environmental consultants; visits planned for 2010 should be able to determine the level of success of the project.