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Presentations from Vanishing Viper, October 2016

Presentations from The Vanishing Viper: Priorities for Adder Conservation, national adder meeting held in Draycott, Somerset on 8-9th October 2016.

pdf Amphibian disease alert - B. salamandrivorans Popular

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Amphibian-disease-alert_- B sal_June-2015.pdf

 

pdf Amphibians and Reptiles in Leicestershire and Rutland - A Review, by Andrew Heaton.pdf New

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Amphibians and Reptiles in Leicestershire and Rutland -A Review, by Andrew Heaton.pdf

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

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 of the distribution and status of the herpetofauna of Vice-County 55. We intend that the basic data gathered can be used in various different ways: to provide conservation evidence, particularly when engaging with development  or other land use changes; and also as a record of the evolving conservation scene of the last two decades, with its various changes of approach (Red Data Books, Biodiversity Action Plans, Living Landscapes, etc), which are essentially recycling the same conservation advice under different labels depending on the current vogue.

However, we are pleased to report that we have also been able to step beyond the limitations of putting ‘dots on maps’, and look at other aspects of our local herpetofauna. This includes considering [anecdotal] early views of our herpetofauna (usually rather rude and pessimistic); identifying important habitats for herpetofauna in the two counties, and advising on management issues. We also consider interactions of our amphibians and reptiles with other species, be they disease, parasites and/or predators, which has led to some interesting stories about headless grass snakes, the revolting life cycle of the Toadfly, and gull predation around refuse disposal sites. Other interesting issues include the strange case of the pythons which continue to appear in Leicester's waterways, and the invasion of a Hinckley house by toadlets! We have even considered the place of herpetofauna in our cultural heritage, with reference to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, carved stone toads on Ashby de la Zouch parish church, Frog place names and the wonders of Loughborough's Ladybird Books.

 Please feel free to download, read, enjoy and use this document to conserve our native amphibians and reptiles in Leicestershire and Rutland.

pdf Amphibiocystidium Parasitic Disease Popular

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Amphibian-Amphybiocystidium-factsheet_GWH (1).pdf

 

pdf Commercial constultancy work: guidelines on ARG involvement Popular

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HGBI Guidance on Consultancy.pdf

Published by Herpetofauna Groups of Britain and Ireland (HGBI)

pdf Environmental Stewardship Options to Benefit Reptiles Popular

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ARC_Reptile_ES.pdf

Advisory leaflet and poster produced by Amphibian and Reptile Conservation to assist those involved in Environmental Stewardship.  The leaflet provides summary information about reptiles and habitat requirements and suggests Enviromental Stewardship options that may benefit them.

pdf Evaluating local mitigation/translocation: best practice and lawful standards Popular

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HGBI Best Practice and Lawful Standards.pdf

Published by Herpetofauna Groups of Britain and Ireland (HGBI)

pdf Experience in Great Crested Newt Mitigation: Guidance for Ecologists Popular

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A Publication to download from the Nature England Website

pdf Fixing Enkamat to Gully pots – Initial findings in Sussex Popular

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Fixing Enkamat to Gully pots Initial findings in Sussex.pdf

 

spreadsheet GCN HSI calculator (ARGUK) Popular

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ARGUK GCN HSI.xlsx

 

pdf Great Crested Newt Habitat Management Handbook Popular

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GCN_Conservation_Handbook.pdf

Great Crested Newt
Conservation Handbook
by Tom Langton, Catherine Beckett and Jim Foster

Citation - Langton, T.E.S., Beckett, C.L., and Foster, J.P. (2001), Great Crested Newt Conservation
Handbook, Froglife, Halesworth.

pdf Great crested newts: Educational pond dipping and invertebrate surveys Popular

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What you need to know about licensing if you are pond dipping in a pond where there are great crested newts.  Download from the Natural England Website.

pdf Guidance on references for applicants and referees: Science and Conservation Licensing Popular

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pdf Gully pots death traps for amphibians, RAVON Report (2012) Popular

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RAVON Report.pdf

 

default Herpetofauna Workers' Manual Popular

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Edited by Tony Gent and Steve Gibson, published by JNCC in 1998 and revised in 2003.  Out of print, so now available only as pdf downloads.  Some of the information is now out of date, but this still contains a lot of useful information for herp workers.

pdf IN FOR THE LONG HAUL: MANAGEMENT IN PERPETUITY FOR THE GREAT CRESTED NEWT Popular

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Kylie Jones - Presentation.pdf

IN FOR THE LONG HAUL: 
MANAGEMENT IN PERPETUITY
FOR THE GREAT CRESTED
NEWT
Kylie Jones, NEWWildlife

document NERC KE Amphibian and Reptile Survey Protocols (DRAFT) Popular

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Survey protocols illustrated v 5 December.docx

Draft survey protocols for Amphibian and Reptile surveys for consultation over December 2012. Please download the protocols and then submit comments and suggestions onto the documents and send to Dr David Sewell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

pdf Reptile Habitat Management Handbook Popular

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This handbook is the first attempt to bring together habitat management advice for all native UK reptiles. The half dozen species here have experienced population declines, and are now all Biodiversity Action Plan priorities. The handbook is aimed at site managers, and those who advise on management. It gives advice for a range of settings, from dedicated nature reserves to farmland and includes a useful appendix of Environmental Stewardship options.

Produced by ARC. More information on their website >>

pdf Reptile Slough Genebank Popular

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Reptile Slough Genebank.pdf

 

pdf The Vanishing Viper: priorities for adder conservation Popular

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The Vanishing Viper - priorities for adder conservation.pdf

pdf Toads - Advice for Planners Popular

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Toad_advice_sheet_for_planners.pdf

Common toads and roadsGuidance for planners and highways engineers (England)
 
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