Hertfordshire Amphibian and Reptile Group (HertsARG) was established in 2011 to promote, conserve and study Hertfordshire's native populations of reptiles and amphibians. Since then we have gone from strength to strength and warmly welcome new members whatever their level of knowledge or experience. We have Whatsapp and Facebook groups. The group contains several licensed great crested newt workers and we are happy to take questions and queries from the public on these and other species.
The following species are found in Hertfordshire;
Smooth newts (Lissotriton vulgaris)
Great crested newts (Triturus cristatus)
Palmate newts (Lissotriton helvetica)
Common frogs (Rana temporaria)
Common toads (Bufo bufo)
Midwife toads (Alytes obstetricans) *Non-native and generally restricted to St Albans area*
Common/viviparous lizards (Zootoca vivpara)
Wall lizards (Podarcis muralis)
Slow worms (Anguis fragilis)
Grass snake (Natrix helvetica)
There are no reliable records of adders (Viper berus) in Hertfordshire. Despite extensive searching across the county, we have not found any. They are therefore regarded as extinct here, pending proof of any animals being provided. Any suspected bites or injuries should be taken to hospital or veterinary surgery.
Over the coming months we hope there will be news of a number of interesting and valuable conservation and research projects. Should you wish to become involved, or simply to be kept updated of progress, please email your contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have any questions or ideas for future work, or know of a site you think may be of interest, let us know!
PLEASE GET IN TOUCH IF YOU:
KNOW OF ANY RELEASED REPTILES OR AMPHIBIANS.
ARE STRUGGLING TO KEEP YOUR REPTILES OR AMPHIBIANS
HAVE SPOTTED A STRANGE SNAKE OR OTHER REPTILE.
David Willis - Founder Hatfield Herts
(Please email for details, upcoming projects and any unwanted animals)
With the warming weather, amphibians are out and about. Keep an eye out for frogs and toads and their spawn around ponds and other water bodies. If you know of a toad crossing site, we would be very keen to hear from you. Any records, please submit them to this site.
Next week we will be doing some reccies of ponds in the East of Hertfordshire as well as on wildlife sites in order to plan our amphibian surveys from April. If you are keen to get involved, please get in touch.
Posted on Tuesday 21st January, 2014
Preparation for the year's surveys and conservation tasks about to take off
Next meeting 22 Nov 2013
Posted on Tuesday 5th November, 2013
Our next meeting will not be on Fri 8 Nov but a talk has been arranged for Fri 22 Nov so we will meet then.
Posted on Thursday 11th April, 2013
Well, Spring is here and it is time to get out and surveying now that the weather has eventually improved! Toad patrols, Great Crested Newt surveys and reptile afternoons are all planned, so come along and help.
Posted on Sunday 10th February, 2013
Survey season is upon us, so (perhaps when the weather sorts itself out) we need to get out there and get some records in and projects planned. If you would like to get involved, please email me.
Want to help out our declining toads? Several Toad crossing sites are now registered in Hertfordshire at a range of locations, and HertsARG volunteers have been helping out wherever they can. Please get in touch if you would like to help toads on roads, or know of a site where they are being killed by cars on the way to their ponds.