Welcome to the Amphibian & Reptile Group for South Lancashire!
ARGSL Receives Grant of £750 from OPAL!
ARGSL has recently received a grant of £750 from Open Air Laboratories (OPAL) to improve its capacity to collect records for the Lancashire Amphibian and Reptile Atlas Project (LARA). The grant will provide IT equipment which is needed to process records more efficiently.
This increased capacity has given ARGSL the encouragement to initiate the "What's in Your Pond Project". 2000 leaflets have already been printed and will be distributed to visitors centres throughout Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Mersyside over the coming weeks. "This support from OPAL is very welcome." said David Orchard, chair of ARGSL. "collecting new records can sometimes be a low-tech activity, often using no more than a pencil and paper. However, in order to utilize this information effectively computers are essential and this support from OPAL has allowed us to be much more ambitious in the work we'll be undertaking over the coming year."
"This grant has given ARGSL renewed enthusiasm to raise the profile of amphibians and reptiles and the importance of recording them. It also means that ARGSL is well equiped to utilize records for the benefit of conservation in the years ahead."
Spring is Finally Here!
Reports of frogs arriving in ponds are now coming in from across the North West, several weeks later than the usual spawning time. Mild weather and showers are forecast for the coming week - ideal for amphibians.
What's in Your Pond?
Spring is finally here and frogs are already spawning in ponds across the North West. To help us find out more about garden ponds as habitats for amphibians, please take part in the What's in Your Pond? project. If you don't have a pond of your own, why not take a look at a garden pond belonging to a friend or relative? Records can be entered online and a leaflet to help you identify garden amphibians can be downloaded here. All records will be incorporated into the Lanacashire Amphibian and Reptile Atlas project.
ARGSL Review 2012
Read about the highlights of 2012 and find out what ARGSL has been doing to promote the conservation of amphibians and reptiles in the area.
Please tell us about any amphibians or reptiles that you spot. Your observations will be used to help produce the first Amphibian and Reptile Atlas for Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside (LARA)
If you're not sure what you've seen please download our leaflet giving a quick guide to the amphibians and reptiles that can be found locally - Amphib & reptile guide - please tell us what you've seen
What's in your pond?
If you have access to a garden pond, why not take a closer look over the next few weeks (or months) and let us know what you find? www.whatsinyourpond.org.uk
ARGSL 2012 Review
Click here to read about what ARGSL have been doing in the past year for amphibian and reptile conservation in the area
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