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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:

NEWS: Advice from Amphibian and Reptile Conservation on adder bites Responding to recent reports of adder bites, mainly in coastal Wales and Scotland, our colleagues at Amphibian and Reptile Conservation have drawn together answers to some of the frequently asked questions about this sensitive issue.…

Read more: The Adder Campaign

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 will take…

Read more: Adders are Amazing!

Toadsare normally solitary creatures, but during the spring period, from early February through to early April (depending on weather variables), they will join with hundreds of other toads to migrate to their ancestral breeding ponds, crossing anything in their path. Sometimes this involves crossing busy…

Read more: Toads on Roads - Toad Patrolling for ARGs

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

Welcome to Make the Adder Count 2018. 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. Thank you to all the volunteers who have returned their data from…

Read more: Make the Adder Count in 2018

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