Welcome to the Amphibian & Reptile Group for South Lancashire!
Another Habitat Management Weekend Completed!
On the weekend of October 18-20th, ARGSL volunteers undertook a two day habitat management task to improve the habitat for sand lizards in North Wales. The work took place on the dunes at Gronant (near Prestatyn) and was done in partnership with Flintshire Countryside Service.
This event was the latest in a series of weekend tasks that started in 2005. Chair of ARGSL, David Orchard, said "These weekends came about after a chance conversation with Mike Taylor from Flintshire Countryside Service. He was keen to involve volunteers in essential management work and, due to his good relationship with the nearby caravan park, was able to arrange free weekend accommodation for our volunteers." ARGSL has always been keen to help with practical conservation work and this arrangement has worked well over the years.
The October task started at 9.30am on Saturday and was complete by 5pm on Sunday. During the weekend an area of approximately 80 x 80m (over 1.5 acres) had been cleared
of willow scrub. "The clearance is part of an ambitious grazing project" explained Mandy Cartwright from Flintshire Countryside Service. " Livestock will begin grazing here in April 2014 to keep the vegetation short, helping it to become a much better habitat for sand lizards. The rank vegetation prior to this work was dominated by bramble and nettle which was 1.2 -1.5m high in places. This habitat is no use for sand lizards."
Another task is planned for the spring as there's still lots more work to do!
Click here to see photos from the weekend
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.
LARA - The Lancashire Amphibian and Reptile Project
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
Fri 21 Feb 2014 - Sun 23 Feb 2014
Habitat Management weekend on the Sefton Coast
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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