Hampshire And Isle of Wight Amphibian and Reptile Group (HIWARG)
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About Us

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  info@hiwarg.org.uk 




Making the Natter Matter March 2019

Posted on Monday 18th March, 2019

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Wetter weather brings more toads to the roads.

Posted on Thursday 28th February, 2019

Toad patrols are currently in full swing. The recent warm weather has woken the herps earlier than usual and the wet weather has many of them heading towards their breeding ponds, putting toads & newts in harms way as they try to cross busy roads during peak traffic periods.
There are many toad patrols looking for additional volunteers.
Currently we have people active in the New Forest, Eastleigh & Basingstoke areas.

Please see our Facebook group for more details.

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Getting the media onboard

Posted on Thursday 28th February, 2019



Today's blog by Mark Avery (RSPB’s Conservation Director -Ret)

Posted on Tuesday 26th February, 2019
Paul Sterry discusses the challenges related to the Cufaude Lane Toad Crossing at which some of us have been assisting.
HIWARG is trying to support the efforts at this crossing so if anyone is available, please reach out.
Some evenings are obviously busier than others, but every person that helps at a toad crossing, raises awareness about toad crossings or otherwise aids towards the improvement of infrastructure to assist the toads to cross is playing a significant part so please spread the word and share the attached blog. 

Read blog here

Pop over to our Facebook group for photo's & video from HWM 2019

Posted on Tuesday 12th February, 2019

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INTERNATIONAL EVENT : Venomous snakes as flagship species

Thu 10th October, 2019 - Sat 12th October, 2019


 - Could snakes be ambassadors for conservation like panda’s?

- How could you help support their conservation efforts?
- What progress is being made?
- How can we resolve the human- snake conflict?

These and many more topics will be discussed at the next big herp symposium hosted by Edupet and the Herpetofauna foundation. This symposium will be a must for all that enjoy nature and wildlife. We look forward to welcoming you at the Symposium “Venomous snakes as flagship species”

Website : http://herpsymposia.com/  

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Your membership will help HIWARG to protect the amphibians & reptile of Hampshire. 
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You can help HIWARG achieve its goals by a simple donation towards our activities.
Donations are put towards equipment used for habitat management, surveys and public engagement such as printed material and fact sheets to hand out during educational events.




Info & ID guides

Info & ID guides

10A            11A     

Herp Identification - downloadable colour charts

Amphibian Identification - downloadable colour cards 

Newt Eggs & Larvae - downloadable colour cards  

Reptile Identification - downloadable colour cards   

Dogs & Adders - downloadable advice sheet.   

Improving Herp habitat

Creating Garden Ponds - downloadable booklet   

Herp diseases - recognise & report

Snake Fungal Disease  

Toad fly (Lucilia bufonivora)   

Amphibian Chytridiomycosis  

Ranavirus Disease  

Reptile Slough Genebank - collection & submission of found sloughs  



Useful glossary of terms often used within the herpetological field. (Credit due - unknown)      

Kids stuff - Educational items for the young ones

Pond pack                                                         Animal fact sheets                              Animal colouring sheets    
Pond Pack                     Alfie1                             Sammy1

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If you would like more information about HIWARG or have something to share with us, please get in touch via the link to our social media presence. 


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