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Projects & surveys

Amphibian and Reptile Groups (ARGs) are autonomous volunteer groups involved in numerous local projects and campaigns. ARGs are hubs of local expertise, containing many experienced herpetologists. Collectively they form a national network of volunteers who are essential contributors to largescale projects.

ARG volunteers participate in the following national projects:

ARGWEB is a new online toolkit tailor-made for our affiliated volunteer Amphibian and Reptile Groups (ARGS). ARGWEB was originally set up by our Surrey group (SARG) to provide a suit of online tools (apps) to manage their membership and other stakeholders including land managers and…

Read more: Introducing ARGWEB - a new online combined membership and survey toolkit for the ARGs

1.  Background

In a climate of wildlife declines, reintroducing species to locations from which they have disappeared has become an increasingly popular suggestion. For species with limited dispersal abilities, such as amphibians and reptiles, actively moving them may be the only way of restoring them…

Read more: Advice Note 12: Amphibian and Reptile Reintroductions - Guidelines for Amphibian and Reptile Groups

Based in the Newry, Mourne and Down District, Dragons in the Hills has been awarded £100,000 from The National Lottery Heritage Fund, to find out more about Northern Ireland’s own little dragons – our three native amphibians and reptiles: common frog, common lizard and smooth…

Read more: Dragons in the Hills - connecting communities in Northern Ireland with their natural heritage, and conserving amphibians and reptiles

Our Adders are Amazing Resource packs are now available to download in English and Cymraeg:

Adders are Amazing! Resource Pack Pecyn Adnoddau Gwiberod Gwych! We can also post out  special packs containing all 24 activity sheets in a handy folder  - these are available for just…

Read more: Adders are amazing! Resource Pack - Pecyn Adnoddau Gwiberod Gwych!

This exciting new project, led by our Pembrokeshire Adder Coordinator, Sam Langdon, is delivering the ‘community engagement’ aspect of a wider programme to prevent this iconic, but vulnerable native snake from slipping into extinction in large parts of England and Wales. The project has taken…

Read more: Adders are Amazing!

NEWS - New Publication: Make the Adder Count: population trends from a citizen science survey of UK adders Concern has been growing about the status of UK adder populations, with expert opinion reporting widespread declines. Assessing the true scale of these declines, however, has been hampered by a…

Read more: The Adder Campaign

Update: COVID-19 Restrictions - January 2021

As we very much feared, in the Spring of 2021 the COVID-19 epidemic has entered a second peak, with cases and hospitalisation growing in many of our counties across UK and Northern Ireland/RoI. ARG UK has updated risk assessments to…

Read more: Toads on Roads - Top Tips for Toad Patrolling for ARGs includes advice on COVID-19

ARG UK, in partnership with Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (ARC), are launching two questionnaires as part of a wider project on the status of the adder (Vipera berus) in Great Britain. These questionnaires are designed to assess the current regional status of the adder, and…

Read more: Adder Status Questionnaire 2016

During the survey season, we are asking you to keep a close eye out for any amphibians and reptiles that appear to be behaving in an abnormal manner, or animals with unusual lumps or bumps or skin lesions. There are a number of possible causes…

Read more: Spotting disease in amphibians

The largest of our three native species of newt, growing up to 15 cm in length, great crested newts. Triturus cristatus are easily distinguishable from our smaller newts: the smooth newt Lissotriton vulgaris and the palmate newt L. helveticus as, in addition to their larger size, they are dark…

Read more: Great Crested Newt Habitat Suitability Index (HSI)

Support the 'Reptile Slough Genebank Project' Research indicates that our native reptile populations may be in decline, and more information is urgently needed to understand what is happening. In the UK a important factor could be increasing fragmentation and isolation of populations, through development and…

Read more: Do you find shed reptile skins while surveying in the UK?

PondNet is a new national volunteer survey which aims to collect information about trends in pond quality and pond species, including uncommon plants and animals. It is being coordinated by Freshwater Habitats Trust, but ARGUK and ARC Trust are both project partners. Environmental DNA (eDNA)…

Read more: eDNA testing for Great Crested Newts

Roadside gully pots are essential for road drainage, but can act as pitfall traps when small animals, including mammals and amphibians, fall through the grid and become trapped subsequently either dying of starvation, or being washed into the sewer system by rainwater. Studies by RAVON…

Read more: Saving Amphibians in Drains

Nurture the nature in your garden - Call for garden-owners to help save Britain's wildlife

ARGUK has been asked to contribute to a new project, the Garden Wildlife Health Project which is being run by a consortium of wildlife organisations including the British Trust for Ornithology and…

Read more: Garden Wildlife Health Initiative

  Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, together with our partner organisation, Amphibian and Reptile Groups of UK (ARG UK) co-hosted a very special meeting in Somerset in October, to discuss how best to conserve the adder, arguably the most vulnerable of our native reptiles. You can…

Read more: Presentations from The Vanishing Viper: Priorities for Adder Conservation conference October 2016

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