PLEASE NOTE THAT THE 2014 HWM IS NOW FULLY BOOKED AND ANYBODY WISHING TO BOOK FROM NOW ON, WILL GO ONTO A RESERVE LIST!
The annual Herp Workers' Meeting is the event of the year for anyone interested in conserving amphibians and reptiles. Each year, a lively throng of herpetologists gathers to exchange ideas, debate hot topics, soak up inspiration and catch up with old friends. What better way to spend a weekend, just before the field season?
In 2014 we will be at Bristol Zoo. As ever, the programme will be a mix of up-to-the-minute research, practical conservation experiences, and reviews and dicussions about herpetofauna hot topics, with talks and workshops to cater for all interests. In 2014 these will include: an update on adder conservation presenting perspectives from Herefordshire ARG, ARC and the Institue of Zoology; the findings of the 2013 Toadsize project; the latest research from Holland on novel ways of preventing roadside drains from harming toads; the results of a Europe-wide study of amphibian disease; what our dedicated teams of ARG volunteers have discovered from surveying Sefton's sand lizards and Dudley's amphibians; and going "beyond the bottle-trap" to capture the latest developments in aquatic newt trapping. We are also delighted to welcome our very special guest speaker, Giancarlo Lalsingh of SOS (Save our Sea Turtles) Tobago, who will be telling us about the successes and challenges of conserving Tobago's sea turtles.
During the breaks, you'll be free to enjoy the zoo, which has a fantastic track record in native species work, and makes a wonderful visit. And of course we'll be laying on a social evening, with gala dinner, raffle and quiz. The meeting has been jointly organised by ARC and ARG-UK – a winning partnership for herp conservation.
We are still looking for sponsors. For the first time in many years, we have no government funding for the meeting to help offset our costs, and are relying on the generosity of our volunteers, partners and associates. Please get in touch if you can help.
This year, this ever-popular conference has sold out, very early - so if you want to go, you will have to go onto our reserve list.
The 2014 HWM is generously supported by: