JARG Day 2015: Habitat Conservation for Amphibians and Reptiles

Grass snake in Jersey. Photo by Rob WardThis year’s Jersey Amphibian and Reptile Group (JARG) Day will be held on 14th February from 09:30 – 15:30 at the Frances Le Sueur Centre, St Ouen.

jargThis year the theme is Habitat Conservation for Amphibians and Reptiles and there will be talks from local and UK experts, followed by workshops and field work sessions about local amphibian and reptile identification and survey methods and protocols.

arc-logoThis annual event is open to everyone whether you are interested in learning more about local biodiversity; you are an existing volunteer recorder for JNARRS (Jersey National Amphibian and Reptile Recording Scheme) or would like to learn about becoming a recorder for the first time.

JBP logoThis event is free to attend, however, booking is essential as places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

This year’s agenda

09.30 –10.00 Arrive (tea/coffee)

10.00 -10.30 Dr John Wilkinson, Amphibian & Reptile Conservation (ARC): Introduction.

10.30 – 11.00 Peter Hill (ARC): Herpetofauna habitat management, how we do it in Wales.

11.00 – 11.30 Sally Dalman, Countryside Ranger, National Trust for Jersey: Relocation, relocation, relocation – How I became a lizard stalker for the summer.

11.30 – 12.00 John Buckley (ARC): Natterjack toad conservation – the long view plus An update on pool frog reintroduction programme.

12.00 – 12.30 Lunch

12.30 –13.00 Nina Cornish, States of Jersey: Jersey National Amphibian & Reptile Recording Scheme (JNARRS) 1st cycle results.

13.00 – 15.30 Dr John Wilkinson (ARC) will lead the workshops.

                    Training in amphibian and reptile identification, habitat assessment,
survey methods, survey protocols, recording, health & safety etc.

For more details or to book a place please contact Julia Meldrum: Telephone: 441665 Email: j.meldrum@gov.je

Please note that the afternoon session will include field work, so please come prepared with suitable clothing and footwear for the weather conditions as we will go ahead come rain or shine!

Bufo bufo male2 JWW