Hampshire is fortunate that the county covers a huge geographic area and a very diverse breadth of habitat including: the Isle of Wight, the New Forest National Park, the South Downs National Park, as well as many other unspoiled areas, including Woolmer Forest. It is therefore unsurprising that we are host to 12 out of the 13 native amphibians and reptiles in UK, including rarities such as the Natterjack Toad, Sand Lizard and Smooth Snake, and wherever you live in the county there will be opportunities to survey and monitor an assemblage of amphibian and reptile species.
HIWARG is an newly affiliated independent ARG-UK group. The group focus is conservation of native UK species essentially around habitat management, surveying, public engagement, volunteer training & doing as much as possible to understand & protect the native species in the county. All members are volunteers with a common interest.
If you have some spare time and would like to be involved with HIWARG, maybe you have taken a photo of a reptile or amphibian and would like it identified or maybe you have some other query, then please do get in contact email@example.com
First frog spawn of 2019 found in the New Forest 17 Jan 2019 at exactly the same spot as the first spawn of 2018 (one day later this year). Find & photo by Paul Edgar.
Please be sure to log any spawn sightings. Every record matters.
New Forest habitat management event - 15 Jan
Posted on Tuesday 15th January, 2019
Photo's from the day uploaded onto our Facebook group.
Toad Patrol assistance required. New Forest area.
Posted on Sunday 13th January, 2019
Please see "Gorley Rd Toad patrol" under events.
Volunteer activities preparation -
Posted on Wednesday 9th January, 2019
We have a number of volunteer activities due to start in the coming month and I'll be providing details soon on the Facebook Group, but we have noticed that many members have not yet completed their online Volunteer Agreement, nor set up their volunteer preferences. Without this we don't know who to alert to the various oportunities. If you are a subscribed member, please be sure to log into the Member Portal & complete your Volunteer Preferences & your Volunteer Agreement by clicking on the "My HIWARG Account" icon. This is also important to ensure you are covered under the ARG-UK umbrella when taking part in HIWARG activities.
Two day heathland management event added to calendar.
Posted on Friday 21st December, 2018
Join the ARC team & help clear the disused Burley railway embankment for the benefit of our local animals.
GORLEY RD TOAD PATROL: RINGWOOD, NEW FOREST ACTIVITY.
Sun 20th January, 2019 - Thu 28th February, 2019
IF ABLE TO HELP, PLEASE CONTACT ME & I WILL FORWARD TERESA'S DETAILS. She rescued 1254 toads last year which is really good with so few volunteers! She really would appreciate some support and extra volunteers. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ "Re the toads crossing! They will start to cross anytime now if the temperature reaches 6 degrees upwards and wind chill the same. We only do it when the temperature is 6 degrees upwards, we start at dusk, that’s when the toads start to cross, we do it in a car with a driver and a helper as the road is a mile long plus the toads are more visible in head lights. We all wear fluorescent jackets and a sign in the back saying “toad patrol”. We do it every night if the temperatures are right. Most patrollers sign up for one night a week but only go if it’s 6 degrees upwards. I hope this information is useful! Also all our patrollers are aware that the toads play a very important part of the Eco System! Thank you very very much for your help in finding volunteers. Kind regards Teresa "
Members event: Spawn count survey
Sat 2nd February, 2019
Details will be posted on the members calendar. Will confirm whether Sat or Sun.
Click on the logo below to go to the Paypal subscription page Membership costs just £6.00 per year as a subscription that can be cancelled at any time. Your membership will help HIWARG to protect the amphibians & reptile of Hampshire. Be aware of and take part in conservation opportunities across the county.