Jersey Amphibian and Reptile Group (JARG)
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The Group, formerly known as The Agile Frog Group, originally formed in 1993, it was then was renamed to Jersey Amphibian & Reptile Group, JARG, in 2007. The aims of JARG are to:

- Raise awareness of our 3 Amphibian Species and 4 Reptile Species.
- Collect and collate herpetofauna records, sharing these with www.recordpool.org.uk & www.jerseybiodiversitycentre.org.je
- Encourage the general public to report their herpetofauna sightings.
- Conserve the native amphibians and reptiles through study and direct action.
- Provide general advice on our amphibian and reptile species as well as their habitat management.

The Amphibian and Reptile Species found on Jersey are:


Amphibians

- The Jersey Toad aka Crapaud (Bufo spinosus)
- Agile Frog (Rana dalmatina)
- Palmate Newt (Lissotriton helveticus)

Reptiles

- Grass Snake (Natrix helvetica)
- Slow Worm (Anguis fragilis)
- Green Lizard (Lacerta bilineata)
- Wall Lizard (Podarcis muralis)

 

All 3 Amphibians and 4 Reptiles are protected under the Wildlife (Jersey) Law 2021.

 

Amphibians and reptiles suffer from a poor public image – feared by some people and simply misunderstood by many others. It is important to encourage public appreciation and awareness of amphibians and reptiles by providing the opportunity for people to become involved in wildlife recording and conservation.

Many people have never seen a lizard or a snake and would not know where to see one; yet with simple guidance, the experience could be brought to many people, whilst overcoming the negative perceptions that often hamper conservation efforts.

News

News

5 years of Pondwatch - training event

Posted on Sunday 26th February, 2023

 

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Our 5th annual  Pondwatch training event was held at the Frances Le Sueur Centre on Saturday 28th January. It was hosted by the JARG group, and featured presentations from Dr John Wilkinson (ARC UK), Chris on freshwater eels, Adam on level 3 agile surveys and Sarah on recording your sightings, plus the outdoor practical training was filmed by ITV.

pdf00._Intro_and_Pondwatch_JE_2023.pdf

It's not too late to take part and contribute to the recording of Jersey's freshwater fauna. You can find copies of the presentations, species ID information and volunteer application forms on the Pondwatch  section of the website.

1. Chris eels2. Chris eels3. Adam agiles4. John

5. Sarah6. Practical training7. Practical training8. Practical training

9. Practical training10. Practical training

 


10 years of Toadwatch

Posted on Friday 18th November, 2016

The Department of the Environment commissioned the Amphibian and Reptile Trust to analyse and prepare a report on 10 years of citizen science data collected under the Toadwatch survey.

Jersey residents were asked to take part in Toadwatch by reporting sightings of toads using ponds. Data has now been collected over 10 years (2005 - 2014).

The analysis has created an up to date toad distribution map for Jersey.  It has highlighted features of the Jersey landscape that are most important for toads and suggested areas to create new breeding ponds.

A breakdown of the types of ponds used for toad breeding overwhelmingly supports the suggestion that man-made habitats are critical for the species'' survival in the island. Ensuring these habitats are maintained and connected across the island is considered to be a critical task to conserve our toads into the future

Please find a link to this recently published report on the analysis of the data collected by Toadwatch volunteers since 2005.

http://www.gov.je/Government/Pages/StatesReports.aspx?ReportID=2442


Volunteer field assistants required – radio-tracking the grass snake in Jersey

Posted on Tuesday 23rd June, 2015

Background

Currently we are carrying out a PhD on the “Status and conservation of grass snakes Natrix natrix and slow-worms Anguis fragilis in Jersey, C.I.” Records of grass snakes in Jersey are limited with a patchy distribution. Its status is unclear, with little information available on its ecology and population size in Jersey, there is much to be discovered. The grass snake is undoubtedly the rarest of Jersey’s reptiles. Determining the status of the species will provide insight into the need for intervention and species recovery. One of many research objectives are to investigate and model their movements, home range size, and habitat use therefore the ‘Think grass snake campaign’ needs your help.

The position

We require the support of keen volunteers to work alongside our PHD student to carry out this radio-tracking and monitoring. We are looking for people who are able to commit full regular days of independent radio tracking to up to 3 months starting ASAP. This could be 1 day a week or 5?

Volunteer activities will be focused around intensively tracking and, if necessary, searching for grass snakes and recording basic behavioral data in the field. Training will be given in radio-tracking, habitat assessment and understanding grass snake behavior. Volunteers will also be responsible for entering some of the data collected into the field database.

Requirements

Applicants will need to:

§ Have a background in biological sciences

§ Be happy to work outdoors and have some previous herpetology experience

§ Have flexibility, commitment and determination to work, under sometimes uncomfortable or frustrating conditions, combined with good physical fitness

§ Provide careful attention to data recording

§ Be able to commit minimum of 1 day per week for 3 months

§ Be resident in Jersey

§ Have transport within Jersey

This is the ideal opportunity for someone looking for practical conservation experience working with reptiles. If you wish to apply, please contact Rob ward rjw53@kent.ac.uk or telephone 07829968303


Crucial time for grass snakes now

Posted on Tuesday 23rd June, 2015

A scientist leading a campaign to save Jersey’s only native snake is asking people to take some simple measures to help the Island’s dwindling grass snake population lay their eggs safely.

Doctoral student Rob Ward of the University of Kent is working with the Department of the Environment on the ‘Think Grass Snake’ campaign, carrying out research on ways to save Jersey’s non-venomous and harmless grass snake.

The grass snake, Jersey’s rarest reptile, relies on warm humid environments, such as those found in compost and manure heaps, to lay and incubate its eggs, so protecting these nesting habitats is an important step in preventing extinction.

June and early July are one of the most important times of the year for the grass snake; the females will have mated in the spring, and are now searching for vital egg-laying sites.

Rob, who’s been tracking grass snakes since the start of spring on various sites in the Island, is encouraging people to keep an eye out for grass snakes that may be using their compost and manure heaps for nest sites, and to report sightings all year round. He is also asking for the piles not to be disturbed until October if possible, to allow the young snakes to hatch after a two month incubation period.

He said: ‘This is one of the most important times of year for grass snakes, as the next generation's chance of survival depends on finding the best conditions. As humans have modified landscapes and habitat over centuries, grass snakes have come to be largely dependent on man-made piles of rotting vegetation, such as compost and manure heaps, to provide the perfect incubation chamber for their eggs.’

Rob continued, ‘Any information from the public, no matter how small or insignificant, is extremely valuable and will make a real contribution to the protection of Jersey’s grass snakes. It all helps build a clearer picture of where they’re living and nesting and how to protect them, and will contribute towards a study which aims to stop the decline of these native reptiles.’

Sightings can be reported through the campaign website www.ThinkGrassSnake.je which has a quick, online survey for submitting sightings. The site provides facts and resources about amphibian and reptiles, and how to encourage them. There is also a dedicated telephone line 441628 (a ‘spotline’) for people to call if they see a grass snake or slow worm.


Report your reptile sightings

Posted on Friday 17th October, 2014

The scientist leading Jersey’s Think Grass Snake campaign is calling on Islanders to report any reptile sightings over the next few weeks.

As the days get shorter and the temperature falls, Jersey’s reptiles will soon be searching for places to hibernate over the winter and may not appear again until March or April.

University of Kent researcher Rob Ward, whose work will be instrumental in the future conservation of Jersey’s grass snakes and slow worms, is asking people to send in any reports of grass snakes and slow-worm sightings this month (October) and to keep an eye out in spring for a number of reptiles turning up in the same spot.

The information will build a picture of where our rarest reptiles choose to hibernate. The loss of these sites can have a large effect on local reptile populations.

Mr Ward said: “The more information we have about potential hibernation sites, the more we can do to protect these magnificent but elusive creatures. By recording where reptiles are spotted, we can work out where hibernation may be occurring as sightings start to tail off. Similarly in spring, the first sightings can alert us to the emergence of reptiles from hibernation.”

If you think you may have spotted any going into hibernation, please get in touch with the Think Grass Snake Campaign by calling 0044 1534 441628, or visiting www.ThinkGrassSnake.Je/about

How to tell a possible hibernation spot

  • Sites include old rock walls and earth banks, root systems, mammal burrows, piles of debris, and large grass tussocks.
  • Hibernation spots are normally in areas that receive some sun to avoid very low winter temperatures.
  • Many creatures will share a really good hibernation site and for slow-worms this may mean hundreds all using the same spot.

Events

Events

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On-line course from University of Oxford

Fri 22nd March, 2013

The University of Oxford is running a course in Field Techniques for Surveying Fish and Amphibians due to commence on 22nd March 2013

The course is taught on-line across 5 weeks led by Dr Jon Shrives of the States of Jersey Environment Department with contributions from herpetologist Dr Steve Green from Operation Wallacea. Please visit our website below for full details:

 www.conted.ox.ac.uk/amphibians

The course is designed with professionals and volunteers working in ecology and conservation in mind, offering a flexible approach to learning so students can study outside of office hours and from further afield in the UK or internationally.

Topics covered include survey planning and protocols, egg estimating and counting, and netting and trapping techniques.

Field Techniques for Surveying Fish and Amphibians is taught at postgraduate level and can be taken with or without academic accreditation which can be used towards future study, such as the University of Oxford Postgraduate Certificate in Ecological Survey Techniques.

To find out more about the Course Director Dr Jocelyne Hughes please use the link below:

 http://www.conted.ox.ac.uk/staff/academicstaff/profile.php?a=sbj&id=85

If you have any questions please feel free to get in touch via est@conted.ox.ac.uk or 01865 286952


JARG Day 2015

Sat 14th February, 2015

How habitat loss threatens local wildlife is the focus of a seminar in Jersey later this month.

The Jersey Amphibian and Reptile Group (JARG) and the Department of the Environment jointly organise the day of talks, workshops and training on local amphibians and reptiles.

Each year the conference focuses on a different species or issues. This year, it’s how to protect the areas that reptiles and amphibians in Jersey need to thrive. Talks include one by National Trust for Jersey Countryside Ranger Sally Dalman called: ‘Relocation, relocation, relocation – how I become a lizard stalker for the summer’.

Many scientists consider loss of suitable habitat to be the largest single factor contributing to the drop in amphibian numbers. This can be caused by development, pollution incidents, invasive plants and animals, and more extreme weather.

States of Jersey Research Ecologist Nina Cornish said, “Habitat conservation for wild species is one of the most important tools for protecting and enhancing our natural environment. As land use increases, our frogs, toads, snakes and lizards have less space to call home which has an impact on numbers.”

She added, “However, we’ve seen how initiatives like the agile frog species recovery programme can make a real difference. Habitat management of the ponds at Ouaisné and Noirmont, where we’ve removed gorse, scrub and willow, has helped significantly. In 1997, there were just six frog spawn clumps in the ponds. Last year we counted 50 – proof that effective habitat conservation can contribute to saving a species on the brink of extinction.”

In the afternoon, the focus will be on Jersey’s National Amphibian and Reptile Recording Scheme (www.narrs.org.uk), a partnership project which has been running in Jersey six years, led by the UK’s Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Group.

The event is open to anyone interested in learning more about amphibians and reptiles and who want to get involved in wildlife recording and conservation.

The seminar and training day is being held at the Frances Le Sueur Centre, St Ouen, on Saturday 14 February 9.30am to 3.30 pm.

If you would like to attend, please reserve a place by contacting Julia Meldrum on 441665 or by email j.meldrum@gov.je


Wild About Jersey

Sat 11th February, 2017 - Sun 12th February, 2017

Wild About Jersey

Interested in Jersey’s wildlife and how you can make a difference?

Wild About Jersey takes place at Acorn Enterprises, Trinity on 11th and 12th February 2017 and is organised by the Department of the Environment’s Natural Environment team. It aims to bring people and organisations together to learn about protecting and conserving Jersey’s plant and animal life.

pdfNE-ID-WAJ_poster_A3_FINAL_23_01_17.pdf


PondwatchJE 2022 Training event

Sat 12th February, 2022

 

Get involved, help gather sightings of Jersey’s pond life and become a trained Wild Volunteer to help us assess and conserve their habitat

About this event

What is Pondwatch JE?

Pondwatch JE is a project that aims to gather sightings of Jersey’s pond life to help assess their conservation status, distribution and habitat requirements.

How can you help?

There are opportunities for everyone to get involved. Depending on your interest, available time and experience you can currently get involved in two ways.

  • Level 1 – spend 30 minutes looking for wildlife in ponds and send us your results. No experience or training is required.
  • Level 2 – carry out 5 surveys, each taking 30‒60 minutes. You will search for amphibians and other pond life at a pond using three methods; visual searches, netting and night time torch surveys. You do not need experience but you will need to attend a training event.

Schedule of the day (provisional):

10:00 Arrival (tea/coffee)

10:15 What is Pondwatch and how can you get involved?

10:30 Pond Life identification

11:15 Level 1 – Pondwatch

  • • Pond survey methods and data recording

11:45 Level 2 - Pondwatch

  • • Pond survey methods including habitat assessment, health & safety and biosecurity
  • • Data recording

12:45 Level 2 -Pondwatch Field Session

  • • Demonstration, practical session and questions

13:30 Lunch and sign up

Lunch break with opportunity to sign up and discuss sites and pond allocations.

Note: Light refreshments will be provided. We cannot cater for specific dietary requirements.

Get your free tickets here

Find out more about our initiatives on gov.je.

Please don't forget to wear appropriate clothing and bring some wellington boots and waterproofs to be able to participate in the field session.

Pondwatch JE is the successor to both the National Amphibian and Reptile Recording Scheme (NARRS) which ran in Jersey from 2007 to 2018 and Toadwatch which ran from 2005 to 2018. During this time volunteers provided a great deal of information which has been used to inform the design of Pondwatch as well as influence efforts to protect the species.


Reptilewatch JE - 2022 training event

Sat 23rd April, 2022

What is Reptilewatch JE?

Reptilewatch is the successor to the National Amphibian and Reptile Recording Scheme (NARRS) which ran in Jersey from 2007 to 2018. During this time volunteers provided a great deal of information which has been used to inform the design of Reptilewatch as well as influence efforts to protect the species.

Reptilewatch JE is a project that aims to gather sightings of Jersey’s reptiles to help assess their conservation status, distribution and habitat requirements.

By taking part in the Reptilewatch scheme, you will be contributing important data to inform the ongoing conservation of these incredible creatures and helping inform future policies.

How can you help?

There are opportunities for everyone to get involved. Depending on your interest, available time and experience you can currently get involved in two ways.

  • Level 1 – spend 30 minutes looking for reptiles  

No experience or training is required.

  • Level 2 Wall lizard - carry out 6 visual surveys, each taking 30 minutes

No previous experience needed but attendance at this training session is required.

Schedule of the day (provisional):

  • Welcome and Introduction
  • Identification of Reptiles and some of the other animals you might encounter
  • How to get involved Level 1
  • How to get involved Level 2 -Wall Lizard
  • Field Session
  • Opportunity to sign up and network with other volunteers

Light refreshments will be provided.

Find out more about our initiatives on gov.je.

Please don't forget to wear appropriate clothing and footwear for the field session.

If we are lucky enough to have good weather on the day, please bring a hat and appropriate sun protection and some drinking water. Also, if you have any close focusing binoculars, please bring these with you.

Eventbrite link -register for your free ticket here


Pondwatch 2023 training

Sat 28th January, 2023

Event brite banner JARG banner

 

JARG is pleased to announce our Pondwatch training day on 28th January at the Frances Le Sueur Centre

Get involved, help gather sightings of Jersey’s pond life and become a trained Wild Volunteer to help us assess and conserve their habitat

 

What is Pondwatch JE?

Pondwatch JE is a project that aims to gather sightings of Jersey’s pond life to help assess their conservation status, distribution and habitat requirements.

How can you help?

There are opportunities for everyone to get involved. Depending on your interest, available time and experience you can currently get involved in two ways.

  • Level 1 – spend 30 minutes looking for wildlife in ponds and send us your results. No experience or training is required.
  • Level 2 – carry out 5 surveys, each taking 30‒60 minutes. You will search for amphibians and other pond life at a pond using three methods; visual searches, netting and night time torch surveys. You do not need experience but you will need to attend a training event.

Schedule of the day:

  • • 10:00 - Bob Thompkins - Local Naturalist - Jersey Eels
  • • 10:20 - Adam Dallas Chapman - Government of Jersey - Nocturnal Adventures - The Agile frog
  • • 10:45 - John Wilkinson – Amphibian and Reptile Conservation - Pond Life identification
  • • 11:15 – Sarah Maguire – Jersey Biodiversity Centre - Level 1 – Pondwatch - Pond survey methods and data recording
  • • 11:45 - John Wilkinson – Amphibian and Reptile Conservation - Level 2 – Pondwatch - Pond survey methods including habitat assessment, health & safety, biosecurity and data recording
  • • 12:30 - Demonstration, practical session and questions led by JARG and ARC - Level 2 -Pondwatch Field Session

13:30 - Lunch

14:00 - Sign up

After lunch there will be an opportunity sign up, discuss ponds sites, allocate ponds if needed.Once signed up you can take equipment and sign the relevant forms.

Note: Light refreshments will be provided. We cannot cater for specific dietary requirements.

Please don't forget to wear appropriate clothing and bring some wellington boots and waterproofs to be able to participate in the field session.

Pondwatch is the successor to both the National Amphibian and Reptile Recording Scheme (NARRS) which ran in Jersey from 2007 to 2018 and Toadwatch which ran from 2005 to 2018. During this time volunteers provided a great deal of information which has been used to inform the design of Pondwatch as well as influence efforts to protect the species. 2023 is Pondwatch’s 5th Anniversary.


Reptilewatch JE 2023

Sat 18th March, 2023

Reptilewatch logoReptilewatch logo


Search for reptiles and share your sightings to help reptile conservation 
Jersey has four native reptile species, some of which are rarely seen and are limited to certain habitats. 

Want to get more involved? 

This year marks the 5th year of the scheme and we would like to encourage more people to get involved.

There are opportunities for everyone. Depending on your interest, available time and experience you can currently get involved in the following ways:

  • Level 1 -  spend 30 minutes looking for reptiles and send us your results.  Add your sightings now here

 

  • Level 2 Wall lizard - carry out 6 visual surveys, each taking 30 minutes No previous experience needed but attendance at this training session is required.

  • Level 2 Widespread - carry out 6 visual surveys along a transect, each taking 1-2hours. No previous experience needed but attendance at this training session is required.

 

For more information about the training day and to book your free place - please goto Eventbrite

 


Pondwatch 2024

Sat 17th February, 2024

The annual Pondwatch JE training event takes place this coming Saturday.

If you would like to come along please reserve your place via Eventbrite. There are only a few places still available so book now to avoid missing out.

Date and Time: Saturday, 17th February 2024, 10am - 4pm.

Location: Frances Le Sueur Centre, St Ouen.

What is Pondwatch JE?

Pondwatch JE is a project that aims to gather sightings of Jersey’s pond life to help assess their conservation status, distribution and habitat requirements.

How can you help?

There are opportunities for everyone to get involved. Depending on your interest, available time and experience you can currently get involved in two ways.

Level 1

Spend 30 minutes looking for wildlife in ponds and send us your results here. No experience or training is required but we recommend that you attend the annual training event (details below) to find out more about the survey and the incredible diversity of wildlife that ponds support.

Level 2

Carry out 5 surveys, each taking 30‒60 minutes. You will search for amphibians and other pond life at a pond using three methods; visual searches, netting and night time torch surveys. You do not need experience but you will need to attend a training event.

Training

An in-person training event is held at the start of the Pondwatch survey season each year.

The 2024 training event will take place on Saturday 17th February 2024 from 10am - 4pm at the Frances Le Sueur Centre, St Ouen.

This free event is open everyone although we ask that anyone wishing to attend reserves a place via Eventbrite

Schedule of the day:​

9:45 – Arrival /Coffee

10:00 – Welcome and Introduction to Pondwatch JE ​

10:10 - Jon Rault – Jersey Biodiversity Centre- Newts in Jersey​

10:25 – ​Tina Hull – How to spot pesky plants (invasive non-native plants in ponds and how to avoid spreading them further)

10:40 - John Wilkinson – Amphibian and Reptile Conservation - Pond Life identification ​

11:00 – Jon Rault – Jersey Biodiversity Centre - Level 1 – Pondwatch - Pond survey methods and data recording ​

Comfort break

11:20 - Jon Rault Jersey Biodiversity Centre - Level 1 – Pondwatch - Pond survey methods and data recording ​

​11:45 - John Wilkinson – Amphibian and Reptile Conservation - Level 2 – Pondwatch - Pond survey methods including habitat assessment, health & safety, biosecurity

11:25 – Liz Walsh - Level 2 online data recording ​

12:30 - John Wilkinson – Level 2 -Pondwatch Field Session -​Demonstration, practical session and questions

​13:30 – Lunch & Sign up ​

During the lunch break there will be an opportunity sign up, discuss ponds sites and allocate ponds if needed. Once signed up you can take equipment and sign the relevant forms.

Note: Light refreshments will be provided. Unfortunately we are unable to cater for specific dietary requirements.

Please don't forget to wear appropriate clothing and bring some wellington boots and waterproofs to be able to participate in the field session.

What if I don't have a pond of my own?

If you don't have a pond of your own to survey the PondwatchJE team can allocate you one. Please speak to one of the team at the training event or alternatively contact wildaboutjersey@gov.je


Pondwatch JE

Pondwatch JE

What is Pondwatch JE?

Jersey has three native amphibian species, and a host of other wildlife for which ponds are a vital habitat.

Pondwatch JE was launched in 2018 with the aim of using citizen science to help gather sightings of Jersey’s pond life, so we can help assess their conservation status, distribution and habitat requirements. Pondwatch JE is the successor to both the National Amphibian and Reptile Recording Scheme (NARRS) which ran in Jersey from 2007 to 2018 and Toadwatch which ran from 2005 to 2018. During this time volunteers provided a great deal of information which has been used to inform the design of Pondwatch JE as well as influence efforts to protect the species.

Pondwatch JE was launched at the 2019 Wild about Jersey event, you can review the presentation here:

pdfPondwatch JE training presentation

 

How can you help?

There are opportunities for everyone to get involved, with 3 levels of surveys depending on your interest, available time and experience.

All surveys take place between January and May.

Check out the training presentations below for an overview of the scheme and to learn more about the pond life you may encounter.

Training: Introduction to Pondwatch JE

Training: Pond Life Identification

Training: Dragonflies

Training: Invasive Non Native Freshwater plants

 

Level 1 – spend 30 minutes looking for wildlife in ponds and send us your results. No experience or training is required.

pdf2020 Training: Pondwatch JE level 1

pdfPondwatch JE level 1 handbook

docxPondwatch JE level 1 survey form  

 

Level 2 – carry out 5 surveys, each taking 30 to 60 minutes. You will search for amphibians and other pondlife at a pond using three methods; visual searches, netting and night time torch surveys. You do not need experience but you will need to attend a training event.

Training: Pondwatch JE Level  2

Training: Pondwatch JE L2 - Recording your data

pdfPondwatch JE level 2 handbook

docxPondwatch JE level 2 survey form

pdfGrassland classifications guide is a summary of the key grassland habitats you may find in your survey area.

This guide is adapted from the UK Habitat Classification (UK Habitat Classification Working Group, 2018)

 

Level 3 – you will carry out multiple intensive surveys at known and suspected agile frog sites. You will also contribute to testing Jersey’s amphibians for diseases. This is for experienced surveyors only.

 

All Pondwatch JE surveys take place between January and May.

 

Water quality tests – you can help us assess the level of pollution in Jersey’s ponds using quick and simple test kits.

pdfPondwatch JE Water quality handbook

pdfPondwatch JE Water quality form

 

Even if you don't have the time to commit to one of these surveys, you can still join in by recording any sighting you have and submit these as a casual record.

 

Getting started

Before starting your survey you will need to complete a volunteer working agreement and have written consent from the landowner.

pdfVolunteer Working Agreement 

pdfLandowner Agreement.

 

Following the instructions in the appropriate level handbook, visit the site and modify the generic risk assessment as required for any risks associated with the site.

docGeneric Risk Assessment Template (ARG UK)

  

ID guides

A number of identification guides and information sources are available for you to download:

A guide to the identification of Jersey amphibians - pdfAmphibians of Jersey ID guide

A guide to the identification of Dragonfly and Damselfly - pdfDragonfly and damselfly ID guide

A summary of invasive non-native plants and a free e-learning course are available via the links below.

Invasive Non-Native aquatic plant species ID guides

Invasive Non-Native Species free e-learning course

For help with habitat classifications the UK Habitat Classification guidance is available from the ecountability.co.uk website.

 

 

 

Additional resources

docxPondwatch JE Introduction

pdfPondwatch JE training presentation

 

 

 

           

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reptilewatch JE

Reptilewatch JE

 

What is Reptilewatch JE?

Jersey has four native reptile species, some of which are rarely seen and are limited to certain habitats. Reptilewatch JE is a new project that aims to gather sightings of Jersey’s four native reptile species to help assess their conservation status, distribution and habitat requirements. Reptilewatch JE is the successor to the widespread reptile surveys undertaken as part of the National Amphibian and Reptile Recording Scheme (NARRS) which ran in Jersey from 2007 to 2018. During this time volunteers provided a great deal of information which has been used to inform the design of Reptilewatch JE as well as influence efforts to protect the species.

Reptilewatch JE was launched at the 2019 Wild about Jersey event, you can review the presentation here:pdfReptilewatch JE training presentation.

How can you help?

There are opportunities for everyone to get involved, with 3 levels of surveys depending on your interest, available time and experience.

 All surveys take place between March and October.

Check out the training presentation below for an overview of the scheme and to learn more about the reptiles and other wildlife you may encounter.

Reptilewatch Introduction and Identifying Jersey reptiles

pdf1.Reptilewatch -ID other species.pdf

 

Level 1 – spend 30 minutes looking for reptiles and send us your results. No experience or training is required.

Reptilewatch JE Training: Level 1

docxReptilewatch JE Level 1 survey form 

pdfReptilewatch JE Level 1 handbook

 

Level 2, option 1 – carry out 6 surveys, each taking 1 to 2 hours. You will search for reptiles along a survey route and check artificial refugia (sheets of roofing material) for reptiles and other species. You will need training at one of our training events but no previous experience is needed.

Reptilewatch JE Training: Level 2

pdfGuide - Reptilewatch App

pdfReptilewatch JE Level 2 widespread reptiles handbook

 

Level 2, option 2 – carry out 6 surveys, each taking 30 minutes. You will search for wall lizards at known and suspected wall lizard sites. You will need training at one of our training events but no previous experience is needed.

 Reptilewatch JE Training: Level 2 Wall Lizard

pdfReptilewatch Level 2 wall lizard handbook

docxReptilewatch Level 2 Wall Lizard survey form

 

Level 3 – you will carry out multiple intensive surveys at known and suspected grass snake sites. This is for experienced surveyors only.

pdfReptilewatch Level 3 handbook

All surveys take place between March and October.

 

If you currently do not have time to commit to carrying out these surveys please record any sighting you have and add a casual record

Getting started

Before starting your survey you will need to complete a volunteer working agreement and have written consent from the landowner.

pdfVolunteer Working Agreement

pdfLandowner Agreement.

Please complete and return the volunteer and landowner agreement forms to the Natural Environment Team before you get started.

 

The next step is to consider the risks associated with your survey and the surrounding area.

Please refer to the docGeneric risk assessment template and modify this as required.

How to survey

A reminder of the 2020 training presentation is provided here: 

For survey guidance, please refer to the relevant handbook for the level of survey you are undertaking.

Additional help on habitat assessment of grassland areas is available from the UK Habitat Classification website: ecountability.co.uk

  

Reptilewatch JE ID Guides

A series of ID guides are provided to help with identifying the reptiles and other species you might find on your surveys.

pdfReptiles of Jersey ID guide

pdfBeetle ID guide

pdfCockroaches of Jersey ID guide

pdfSmall mammals of Jersey ID

For help with habitat classifications the UK Habitat Classification guidance is available from the ecountability.co.uk website.

 

 

 

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