POSTPONED - West Midlands Regional ARG Conference 2021 - ‘Managing reptile and amphibian conservation in a time of increasing public pressure on wildlife’.
The Birmingham and Black Country Amphibian and Reptile Group (BBCARG) are pleased to announce that we are organising the West Midlands Regional ARG Conference in conjunction with Amphibian and Reptile Groups UK (ARG UK) via Zoom on Sunday 18th July 2021.
The theme of the conference will be: ‘Managing reptile and amphibian conservation in a time of increasing public pressure on wildlife’. As we are all too aware in the Midlands, many local populations of our beloved amphibians and reptiles are in a precarious state due to factors such as habitat fragmentation and human disturbance, and in a time of increasing pressure on our native species and the habitats they depend on they need all the help they can get.
Greater public engagement with reptiles and amphibians is a welcome step to encouraging greater interest in the natural world and support for the conservation of what are sometimes considered ‘less cuddly’ species, but it needs careful management to ensure that the balance between species conservation and public interest is maintained. This paradox is what we aim to explore with this conference - by looking at the different methods that our ARGs, land managers and other conservation professionals adopt to ensure the animals are protected and can thrive, whilst also educating and inspiring people to join us in doing so. We will aim to share our ideas and experiences to improve the work that we all do in the region and find answers to some of these problematic questions.
This is a fantastic opportunity for us all to get together, and find out the latest news and research findings from the West Midlands. pdf The full speaker programme is now available, and can be downloaded here. (209 KB)
Please note the deadline for ticket purchases will be Friday 16th July 2021
Our Zoom meeting is generously supported by NHBS and The Garfield Weston Foundation