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by Andrew Heaton, County Recorder for Amphibians and Reptiles, LARN The LARN (Leicestershire & Rutland, Amphibian and Reptile Network) network have been working in partnership with those with an interest and enthusiasm for the amphibians and reptiles of the two counties to produce a review…

Read more: Amphibians and Reptiles in Leicestershire and Rutland: A Review (2018)

On Saturday 22 September we joined with our wider wildlife community in Hyde Park to hear more about Chris Packham’s new ‘A People’s Manifesto for Wildlife’, and march to Downing Street to deliver it to the seat of Government. Chris has mobilised the biggest peaceful…

Read more: Chris Packham's - A People's Manifesto for Wildlife

  Chytridiomycosis (Chytrid) has been responsible for mass mortalities of amphibians with declines and extinctions on six continents, including Europe. Until recently, most pathogenic outbreaks of Chytrid were associated with the fungal pathogen, Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis (Bd). However, since 2013 a newly described species B. salamandrivorans ( =…

Read more: Bsal - a deadly new newt disease on our doorstep!

by Steve Allain, Cambridge & Peterborough ARG (CPARG) On Saturday 9thJune, herpetologists from all over the UK gathered in Glasgow for a very special occasion. The Glasgow Natural History Society, in conjunction with Clyde ARG, had organised a fantastic line-up of herpetologically themed talks for…

Read more: Two herp conferences in 10 days - Christmas has come early!

Once again, the annual HWM, held at the Hilton Hotel, Northampton (3-4 February 2018), and jointly organised by Amphibian and Reptile Conservation and Amphibian and Reptile Groups of UK, proved to be a lively and informative event. The centre point of our annual calendar, it…

Read more: An ARG view of the 2018 Herpetofauna Workers Meeting - In our own words

A small group from ARG UK along with colleagues from ARC, Bangor University and DICE, were delighted to attend the International Adder Symposium, in Velp in the Netherlands on 9thDecember 2017, which was organised by our friends and colleagues from the Workinggroup Adderresearch Netherlands (WAN)…

Read more: Networking at the RAVON International Adder Symposium, December 2017

On a rainy night in early March 2015, Warwickshire Amphibian and Reptile Team (WART) members went to check out roads in Balsall Common, Solihull for amphibians and found approximately 20 common frog and around 10 smooth newts on the roads, many of which had been…

Read more: 100% success saving amphibians from drains in Warwickshire

With thanks to Rob Ward, University of Kent.  Following on from the recent publication of the scientific paper by Kindler et al., (2017), there have been some misunderstandings about the classification of our native UK grass snake. To clarify:


Until recently, two species…

Read more: What does the re-classification of European grass snakes mean for our native grass snakes?

Throughout 2016 and 2017 the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Amphibian and Reptile Group (CPARG) has been monitoring a population of the non-native midwife toad (Alytes obstetricans). As a part of this programme, the animals encountered were swabbed for the amphibian chytrid fungus (Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis) which has…

Read more: 100% fund news - Swabbing midwife toads for chytrid in Cambridgeshire

  Europe’s wild snakes could face a growing threat from a fungal skin disease that has contributed to wild snake deaths in North America, according to an international collaborative study, led by conservation charity ZSL (Zoological Society of London) alongside partners including the U.S. Geological…

Read more: Snake fungal disease identified in wild British snakes for first time

Once again, the annual Herpetofauna Workers’ Meeting (HWM) was a huge success attracting over 208 delegates in 2017, with a lively mix of professional herpetologists, volunteers, academics, students, representatives from the statutory agencies and other conservation organisations; drawn from all corners of the UK and…

Read more: Review of the 2017 Herpetofauna Workers Meeting, Nottingham, 11-12 February

We are delighted to be able to launch the newly revised version of "Advice note 4 - Amphibian Disease Precautions, A Guide for UK Fieldworkers", which is published in March 2017. This important resource for amphibian fieldworkers and trainers has been comprehensively revised in partnership…

Read more: Revised Advice note 4 - Amphibian Disease Precautions, A Guide for UK Fieldworkers

UPDATE 24 November 2017 We've uploaded the latest pdf summary of the status (79 KB) of the GCN DLL roll out from NE. For more information on their GCN DLL package you can download their pdf factsheet here (79 KB) . The background…

Read more: Latest Updates on GCN licensing reforms

Mendip pond restoration © RAGS
We’ve had a great year with the 100% fund and have been able to support some amazing practical conservation projects benefiting amphibians and reptiles around the UK. Screening for amphibian diseases in Cambridgeshire We were able to support Cambridge and Peterborough ARG (CPARG) with their amphibian…

Read more: ARG UK 100% fund successes in 2016

Responding to popular demand you can download the presentations from The Vanishing Viper: Priorities for adder conservation meeting in .pdf format. Please respect the presenters' copyright, and do not circulate unattributed material. For downloads follow the link: Downloadable presentations from The Vanishing Viper - October 2016

Read more: Vanishing Viper Presentations Available for Download

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