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Make the Adder Count

Welcome to Make the Adder Count 2024. Started in 2005, this long-running survey aims to encourage springtime counts of adders, with the objectives of informing local conservation projects/interests and gathering a long-term surveillance dataset.

Make the Adder Count encourages experienced observers to gather data in a standardised way (by making at least three and, ideally, five or six counts of adult snakes basking after emergence from hibernation) so that information may be pooled to build a picture of trends in adder populations nationally.

The project is being co-ordinated by ARGUK. To take part please contact Angela Julian at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Adders in Cheshire.pdf

The latest article from CAN's Andy Harmer reviewing the situation surrounding the status of the adder in Cheshire.

  • The Records
  • Historical status of Adder
  • Current Status
  • The Future for Adder in Cheshire

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Amphibians in Drains Project 2012 - report.pdf


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HARG Annual Report 2011.pdf

Amphibian and Reptile Records 2000-2010
This is a summary of records dated 2000 – 2010 submitted to the HARG county recorder. There are more records pre-dating this and we are still receiving records for within this time period, therefore this is by no means a definitive record but gives a good indication of distribution and recorder effort

In total 11,101 records were submitted. It highlights areas were future survey could be focused to ensure representative coverage of the whole county.

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Make the Adder Count is a survey co-ordinated by The Amphibian and Reptile Conservation. Following a successful pilot project in 2005, we plan to turn it into a long-term national surveillance programme, collating data from many sites, to monitor trends in adder populations.

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MPP-Year2-Report (1).pdf

The ARG network is a partner in the Million Ponds Project - here is the report on the second year of this important project

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Interim results of the UK National Amphibian and Reptile Recording Scheme Widespread Species Surveys

pdf National survey of Batrachochytrium Dendrobatidis infection in UK amphibians Popular


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written by Andrew A. Cunningham and Peter Minting, 2008.

  • Introduction
  • Project aims
  • Methods
  • Results and discussion
  • Summary of main findings and conclusions
  • Acknowledgements
  • References

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North East England Reptile Atlas 2016.pdf


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Survey protocol.pdf

The protocol this year has been slightly updated from that used in 2008 (based on results, feedback and lessons learnt in 2008).

  • 30 amphibians to be sampled per site (can be a mix of species)
  • Single survey between March and June (you can start as soon as you haveyour swab packs).
  • All samples collected on a single day/evening to avoid resampling.
  • No frogs!
  • No tadpoles! (post metamorphic animals only please)
  • Capture from the water (i.e. not migrating toads en route to the breedingponds)
  • Avoid contamination between animals

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Cooke 2011 Toadmortality.pdf

Arnold Cooke(2011) The role of road traffic in the near extinction of Common Toads
(Bufo bufo) in Ramsey and Bury, Nature in Cambridgeshire 53, 45-50 (2011)

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