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Sand lizard conservation management tasks in January and February 2014
In January and February 2014, ARGSL volunteers will be carrying out habitat management work to benefit sand lizards on the Sefton Coast. This will be done in partnership with Sefton Coast and Countryside Service and North Merseyside ARG. The need for this work has been highlighted at a national level, which is why ARGSL volunteers are joining forces with their counterparts in Merseyside to improve the quality of this increasingly rare habitat.
Sand lizards are restricted to only a few sites in the UK, and in the North West of England the only place they are found is the Sefton Coast. Sand lizards need habitats which are open, with patches of open sand for egg laying, but without management such areas can become inundated with trees and scrubby vegetation. North Merseyside ARG has been monitoring sand lizard populations on the coast for many years and recent declines have been linked to decreasing habitat quality as some key sand lizards sites are becoming overgrown.
Although other factors (such as the weather and public pressure) can affect sand lizard numbers, it is essential that their habitat is well managed to give the species the best chance of survival. Sand lizard populations on the Sefton coast are generally small and often fragmented, so given their precarious state it is possible that some of them could easily be lost. A shortage of resources means that volunteers are needed for this management work and without them much of it would not take place.
Tasks will take place on January 25th and the weekend of Feb 21st – 23rd. Some accommodation is available for the February task, please enquire for more details.
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
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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