The Essex ARG was formed in the mid 1990's. A relaunch occurred at Abbotts Hall Farm in 2002 where the group was re established organising training events on great crested newts and reptiles. Since that time the group has varied in size year on year. Anyone who works, lives in Essex can become a member of the group. Recording efforts are shared with the Essex Field Club where events are put on jointly.
The group is rather informal at present with various low key projects being implemented surrounding pond restoration, creation and habitat management. Involvement with local Biodiversity Action Plans used to be an important role for the group in terms of reptiles and amphibians but unfortuantely there are now moves towards habitat action plans and less focus on species.
The Essex ARG has now embarked on helping with managing nature conservation sites in the county. Three such sites are planned in Basildon, Rochford & Colchester the focus of the group is changing towards a proactive stance rather than a reactive approach towards development - areas of land will be maintained to benefit wildlife particularly its herpetofauna.
People can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone the chair Ray Cranfield 07841 359827 for details on how to get involved
The EARG will be visiting the newt population at Wat Tyler Country Park - home to great crested newts, smooth newts, frogs and toads. The site is also home to rare and interesting invertebrates such as Scarce Emerald Damselfly and the Great Silver Diving Beetle.
Neil Phillips will be leading the walk - an evening walk from 6.30pm onwards
please contact email@example.com for further details
The Essex ARG will be exhibiting a stall at this family event being organised by the RSPB at Wallasea Island. Part of the Wild Coast Project the island will be open to the public and EARG would like to illustrate the importance of the reptiles on the Island in the past, present and into the future. EARG would like to ask for any volunteers who would like to help run the stall and also to possibly demonstrate some useful habitat and species survey tips to the public. Please email Ray Cranfield firstname.lastname@example.org for more details
Essex ARG will be also exhibiting at this Family event - the site is in Basildon and we would welcome any volunteers to come and help set up and help with the stall which will include live animals
free family day at the
Wick Country Park Tresco Way, Wickford
Sunday 7th August 2011 11.00am to 4.00pm
The EARG will be visiting a newly created private nature reserve in Wickford, near Basildon.
Please email email@example.com for further details on time and location
Essex ARG will be helping with amphibian surveys at this private nature reserve managed by Herpetologic Ltd.
Please contact Jon Cranfield for details on how to help with surveys for reptiles, invertebrates, mammals and amphibians
Note: this event is part of Herpetologic Ltd's programme to provide free advice to volunteers. Aside from the conservation benefits, much professional work depends ultimately on the existence of a thriving volunteer network, and Herpetologic Ltd is happy to support Essex Amphibian & Reptile Group.
Upcoming events will be listed here.