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 kick off with an amphibian theme, as Will Watson (Herefordshire Amphibian & Reptile Team, Herefordshire Wildlife Trust), tells us about the National Lottery Heritage Fund supported 'Ice Age Pond' project. Will tells us why these ponds are so special and how the project is meeting some of the threats and challenges these ancient ponds are facing. Next up we focus on reptiles, and Stephen Green (Cornwall College, Cornwall RAG) tells us how the detailed local survey information gathered by volunteers can be used to try and mitigate against harm to important sites, with an example of how the Cornwall volunteers used the records and ecological insights they gathered to try and reduce the impact of a new cycle path. And finally, Ben Rigsby (GlosARG), Harry Searle-Webb (Avon - ARAG) and Kevin Clarke (NottsARG) tell us more about how they use their field craft and experience to find out more about small populations of adders in unexpected places.
Pictures copyright Herefordshire Wildlife Trust and Kevin Clarke
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