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Go to our main recording page to access our online and downloadable recording forms.

About Recording

A record is information about what has been seen, where it was seen, who saw it and when. Surprisingly little is known about the distribution of amphibians and reptiles in Lancashire and Greater Manchester, but with your help we can change this!

We intend that in the future, when a big enough data-set has been collected, we will be able to use this information to help ARGSL and other ecologists to target conservation effort more effectively.  For example we will then be able to conduct data searches and flag up known locations of protected species such as the great crested newt.  We will also be able to identify ideal places to dig new ponds.  

What species are we interested in?

It’s often assumed that the “common” amphibians (frogs and toads) are found everywhere and that recording their presence isn’t worthwhile. ARGSL would like to collect information on all amphibian and reptile species, particularly if they’re common in your area.

Sightings of reptiles are particularly important as these are elusive animals that are rarely seen in Lancashire or Greater Manchester. Our slow-worm project is finding a significant number of new slow-worm sites in Lancashire, indicating that these animals are more widespread than previously thought. It’s impossible to know what will be found in a pond or on a grassy bank, so any site could have its surprises!

If you collect records in a professional capacity, we’d very much like to hear from you and if you can share a large dataset, please contact us for further advice.

“By passing on records, consultant ecologists could make a far bigger contribution to our understanding of the distribution of species in the UK”.

Andy Tasker, 2007-08 president of the Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management, at last years IEEM conference in Nottingham. All records will be shared with local records centres.

Accuracy of records

To be of value it’s important that the information supplied is correct so if you have any doubts about what you’ve seen, please take a look at the “identification” page before submitting your records.
Most species are fairly straightforward to identify, but a common error is to mistake a male smooth newt for a male great crested newt. As you can imagine, this can invalidate accurate records of both smooth and great crested newts, so please do your best to ensure that the information you’re supplying is correct.

Extra information or comments can also be useful – such as “found in a garden compost heap” or “brought in by my cat”. If in doubt, please give us these extra details.

County Recorder

Please note that ARGSL's chairperson David Orchard is serving as the 'county recorder' for the Lancashire and Greater Manchester area. If you have any queries about submitting records please contact David for further advice.