Documents for local ARG groups and volunteers, including application forms, risk assessments, etc.
Here you can download the ARG UK logo in plain, circle and icon format, in a range of file types for different uses. These logos, along with our brand guidelines (for colours and fonts) are available to be used for legitimate purposes by any ARG affiliated to ARG UK.
ARGWEB – a new toolkit tailor-made for our affiliated volunteer Amphibian and Reptile Groups (ARGS). ARGWEB was originally set up by our Surrey group (SARG) to provide a suit of online tools (apps) to manage their membership and other stakeholders including land managers and project partners in a GDPR compliant manner. Now that it is tried and tested, we have made the system available to other groups and to date over 30 ARGs have adopted it. As well as membership, ARGWEB also supports site-based amphibian and reptile surveys to allow for site monitoring, and in 2019 we have introduced a toad patrol app, to enable patrollers to more easily collate amphibian numbers and patrollers’ effort. By enabling site managers and other partners, including ARC and Froglife to access data for their sites in real time it also provides a tool for site management.
Every five years, the country nature conservation bodies (Natural England, Natural Resources Wales and NatureScot), working jointly through the UK Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC), review Schedules 5 and 8 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act (WCA) 1981. The review will provide recommendations to the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and to Ministers for the Environment in the Scottish Government and Welsh Government for changes to these schedules. This is known as the Quinquennial Review (QQR).
The Habitat Regulations have played a huge part in saving precious places for wildlife in the last 30 years. These powerful laws give nature a say on where we build new developments. They help knock back projects which threaten vulnerable wildlife. They give a firm but polite “no thank you” to plans which would damage nature’s unique places. In exceptional circumstances where projects must be built, they ensure new habitat is created elsewhere.
Now, at a time when nature needs them more than ever, there is a threat that the Habitat Regulations will be weakened or taken away altogether. Here is a guide to what they are, why they’re under threat and the action we want to see from the UK Government to make sure they remain.
Taken from RSPB Press Release August 2022