Devon Reptile & Amphibian Group (DRAG)
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DRAG aims to raise awareness and understanding of the conservation of amphibians and reptiles, in Devon and the UK, through reptile and amphibian recording, and habitat management work. DRAG aims to bring together people with an interest in reptiles and amphibians.

If you would like to find out more about reptiles and amphibians in Devon, ask for advice or want to get involved with events and surveys, please get in touch!

If you are interested in becoming a DRAG member, send us your details so we can add you to our mailing list for exciting events and activities that are not always advertised on the website.



Snake-spotting in Dorset named one of Britain’s travel highlights in new guide

Posted on Saturday 3rd November, 2012

Ecological connections: a case study of common frog migration in the Eastern Carpathians

Posted on Monday 22nd October, 2012

Hi all,

I thought you might be interested in the following, with an article on common frogs. You may have to copy and paste the weblink below.  Enjoy!


La Cañada 28:
Newsletter of the European Forum on Nature Conservation and Pastoralism, Autumn 2012.


Volume 28 is now available online at

  • ‘Greening’ the CAP for permanent pastures
  • Butterfly monitoring with BCE
  • UK seminar on High Nature Value farming policy
  • Wildfire prevention: a reason for promoting pastoralism in Spain
  • Subsidies harmful to biodiversity: how does the CAP measure up?
  • Farmers to train conservation professionals
  • Difficulties forseen for Basic Payments on common pastures
  • Ecological connections: a case study of common frog migration in the Eastern Carpathians
  • Mixed messages from EU institutions on 2020 biodiversity strategy
  • From the Forum

DRAG planning meeting, Tuesday 18th September 2012

Posted on Thursday 20th September, 2012
We were really pleased to have a good turnout of 12 keen DRAG members at our DRAG planning meeting on Tuesday, including some very welcome new faces!  We ran through the past spring/summer’s events and, although events and activities were organised in a bit of an ad hoc manner, we organised and/or attended at least 10  successful events  throughout the county - although the weather didn't help much.  These varied from guided walks, family educational activities to survey training events.    We also have two shiny new committee members in the form of Kim Leaver and Toby Palmer who are both very experienced and knowledgeable reptile and amphibian enthusiasts who I’m sure will help give DRAG organisation a much needed boost.  Without going into detail, we hope to continue to run similar events/activities next year, and plan ahead for winter pond habitat management, toad patrols, amongst other things.  If you want to help organise an event or muck in with clearing ponds please get in touch! Our minutes will soon be available and will be either emailed or posted on the website in due course.

Mabel Cheung


Newcomers get good reptile sightings despite weather

Posted on Monday 6th August, 2012

With the landowner's permission, Kim and I did a survey yesterday (near to a smooth snake release site) and, considering the torrential conditions, we had a very good day. We got very wet but found all the tins plus the fifth one at the last location. We saw nine slow worms under four different tins and had one lovely female adder. Unfortunately I hadn't got the camera out for the adder so I missed an opportunity there. I photographed all the slow worms and I attach one of a very pregnant female, see Photo Gallery.  Even in bad weather reptiles are about!




Smooth snake survey

Posted on Monday 23rd July, 2012
We were pleased to finally have good weather on the day for our smooth snake survey - in fact, it was probably too good!  The warm and sunny warm weather (over 20oC) probably reduced our chances of finding any reptiles - so we were pleased to find one lone female adder!  Phil Clinch has kindly provided a picture in our Photo Gallery (along with a picture of a grass snake and slow worm from under a tin in his garden). 

Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, East Devon Pebblebed Heaths Conservation Trust, the RSPB and Natural England have worked together to reintroduce the smooth snake, Britain's rarest snake, back to Devon.  The aim of yesterday's survey was to recruit more keen DRAG volunteers to help with the on-going smooth snake surveys.  Unfortunately, no smooth snakes were encountered on this occasion but the surveys will continue.  Thanks to those who came along and volunteered their help.  Thanks also to Toby Taylor (RSPB) for showing us around the site and Toby Palmer who, along with Chris Howard, have been doing a sterling job with the surveys.  Our new DRAG volunteers will be able to enhance the survey effort and, hopefully, be rewarded by a glimpse of these beautiful but rare creatures.

Mabel Cheung



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