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The SW ARGS online meeting recorded on 06.11.2021 provided an opportunity for volunteers, NGOs, academic researchers and statutory agencies to network and catch up on the latest news and research findings from reptile and amphibian conservation projects from right across the region. Session…

Read more: SW ARGs regional online meeting recorded 06.11.2021

We are delighted to present the Scottish ARGs regional meeting for 2021 which was recorded on Saturday October 30th. You can view the recording on YouTube here: Introduced by Chris Cathrine (ARG UK, Cent ARG, Caledonian Conservation), the online meeting provided an opportunity for volunteers,…

Read more: Scottish ARGs Regional Meeting 30/10/21 - Recording and summary

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Whilst most of the leeches you will encounter in the UK are a natural part of your ponds' ecosystem and doing no harm to other wildlife, in 2020 as well as this summer, we received unusual reports of leech predation on amphibians…

Read more: A new report of leech predation on amphibians

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July 2021 - CIEEM's response to JNCC over the Wildlife and Countryside Act review   pdf CIEEM response can be downloaded here (254 KB) 29.07.21 - Response from Professor Colin Galbraith, Chair, JNCC - Please find attached a reply to your letter regarding the 7th Quinquennial Review…

Read more: 7th Quinquennial Review (QQR) of Schedules 5 and 8 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act (1981) - A summary by ARG UK

Presented by Nicola Morris (Trustee ARG UK, Head of Environment and Engagement at South West Lakes Trust), our expert panel explored some of the concepts surrounding the role of reintroductions in rewilding, with a focus on our native amphibians and reptiles. We were treated to three…

Read more: ARG UK Seminar Series: The Role of Reintroductions in Rewilding - recording and poll results

ARGWEB is a new online toolkit tailor-made for our affiliated volunteer Amphibian and Reptile Groups (ARGS), providing a set of online tools (apps) to help our affiliated groups manage their membership and other stakeholders, including land managers and project partners, in a GDPR compliant manner.…

Read more: How to ARGWEB - video tutorials that cover frequently asked questions

As winter inevitably gives way to spring, I’ll soon be getting ready to return to my field site in Norfolk for the final year, to collect data for my PhD. For the past two summers, I’ve been busy chasing my target species the barred grass…

Read more: Enter the Natrix: surveying grass snakes in eastern England by Steve Allain

What's in your pond in the Spring of 2021? Join with our volunteer ARGs right across the UK and Northern Ireland this spring and see who is the first to spot amphibians arriving to breed. Expert amphibian ecologist, Pete West of the Hampshire and Isle…

Read more: What's in your pond? Spawn spotters in 2021

Relaunch of London Amphibian and Reptile Group (LARG)  - finding our way through the capital.  Do you live in London or Great London? Would you like to find out more about your local amphibians and reptiles? Would you like to get involved in local…

Read more: London ARG (LARG) Relaunch - new year, new start!

Continuing declines of reptile and amphibian species native to the UK need to be addressed. These declines include species loss from parts of their natural range, and national extinction. Amphibian and Reptile Groups of the UK (ARG UK) supports the network of local volunteer Amphibian…

Read more: ARG UK Policy Statement Concerning Reintroductions

A key part of our Dragons in the Hills, National Lottery Heritage Funded project is to use the creative arts, and storytelling to bind the world of myth and legend with the natural world, allowing our little dragons to take us on a journey of…

Read more: Dragons in the Hills: Music and Myths by the Fireside 1 - with TAP South Armagh and Una Walsh

A key part of our Dragons in the Hills, National Lottery Heritage Funded project is to use the creative arts, and storytelling to bind the world of myth and legend with the natural world, allowing our little dragons to take us on a journey of…

Read more: Dragons in the Hills: Music and Myths by the Fireside 2 - with Marie Murphy

Introduced by Josh Twining and storytelling by meditation facilitator and Ambassador for the Ring of Gullion, Ann Ward. A key part of our Dragons in the Hills, National Lottery Heritage Funded project is to use the creative arts, and storytelling to bind the world of…

Read more: Dragons in the Hills: Music and Myths by the Fireside 3 - with Ann Ward

Introduced by Josh Twining, with storytelling by local historian and writer Seamus Murphy, and music from Colleen Savage and Padraig Carragher. A key part of our Dragons in the Hills, National Lottery Heritage Funded project is to use the creative arts, and storytelling to bind…

Read more: Dragons in the Hills: Music and Myths by the Fireside 4 - with Seamus Murphy, and music from Colleen Savage and Padraig Carragher

 In the last of our autumn seminar series we hear from some of our volunteer amphibian and reptile groups (ARGs) about what they've been doing during the year. Presented by our Chair of Trustees, Chris Monk (Derbyshire ARG), there is something for everyone, as we…

Read more: ARG UK Autumn Seminar Series: A celebration of ARG projects - ice age ponds, finding adders and mitigating for reptiles

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