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ARC-BHS Joint Scientific Meeting 2017

Saturday, 02 Dec 2017 09:30 – 17:00
Location: Christchurch Road 39, Bournemouth, England

The Joint Scientific Meeting run by ARC and the British Herpetological Society (BHS) will be held at the Bournemouth Natural Science Society museum on Saturday 2nd December 2017. This is a very popular one day conference with science and research based presentations from the UK and overseas and ends with a raffle which raises funds for various great herpetofauna related causes.

As always, numbers are limited, with only a few places left, so if you would like to go book at:

Social Evening

On FRIDAY 1st December there will be a chance for socialising over a meal and drinks at a local restaurant. Although we WILL NOT be taking payment for the meal online please indicate during registration if you are interested in joining us. Details of arrangements for the meal, including venue, prices and payment arrangements will be sent to registered attendees only in late October. Meal places are limited to around 30 people. Please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions.

Exhibitors/Vendors and Posters

Exhibitors and vendors are welcome, by prior arrangement only. If you would like to have a stall or to present a poster or display please contact John Wilkinson on 07810770560 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

NOTE: Payments are non-refundable after Friday 10th November


0930-1000 Arrival, registration and coffee
1000-1005 Welcome: Prof. Richard Griffiths, BHS President
1005-1030 Reptile translocations as mitigation: does it work? – Darryn Nash, DICE, University of Kent
1030-1055 A reassessment of the biogeographic range of northern clade pool frogs
(Pelophylax lessonae) - 
Inga Zeisset, University of Brighton
1055-1120 Chasing the dragon: an evaluation of the Lacerta agilis reintroduction sites in North Wales – Stuart Graham, Bangor University
1120-1200  Coffee
1205-1230  Investigating the presence of the amphibian chytrid fungus in a non-native species– Steven J.R. Allain* and Mark J. Goodman†, *Imperial College London; †Cambridgeshire & Peterborough ARG
1230-1255 The relative performance of smooth snakes inhabiting heathland and conifer plantations.– Chris Reading* and Gabriela Jofré, *CEH Fellow.
1255-1320 Effects of climate change on the breeding phenology of newts - Danni Thompson, DICE, University of Kent
1320-1445 Lunch
1450-1515   Neglected natives and the reptiles and amphibians of Britain's past – Darren Naish,
Tetrapod Zoology and University of Southampton
1515-1540   One host or two: what makes a generalist parasite? – Steven J. Price, UCL Genetics
Institute and Institute of Zoology, ZSL
1540-1615 Monitoring critically endangered and endemic amphibians of the Honduran cloud forest –
Stephen E.W. Green, Centre for Applied Zoology, Cornwall College Newquay
1615-1700 Coffee and departure