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Training the Cyril Diver volunteers

Sunday, 11 May 2014 13:40 [ NGOs and volunteering ]

Yesterday CGO Ecology's Chris Gleed-Owen and ARC's Nick Moulton were out on Studland Peninsula in Dorset, training reptile survey volunteers for the Cyril Diver Project. Despite a grim start to the weather, the sun came out, and we saw dozens of sand lizards, plus a smooth snake and lots of... Read more...


Cetaceans ahoy?

Monday, 10 March 2014 16:56 [ NGOs and volunteering ]

Last Saturday I spent an enjoyable and highly-educational day learning about cetacean and seabird ID. The location: Dorset Wildlife Trust's Chesil Beach Centre, between Weymouth and Portland, with panoramic views of Portland, Portland Harbour, the Fleet, and of course, Chesil Beach. The trainer: ... Read more...


ARG-UK taskforce heads to Sefton

Monday, 23 December 2013 23:55 [ NGOs and volunteering ]

A taskforce of hardworking team of volunteers from the amphibian and reptile group network ARG-UK has just returned from a habitat-management taskforce to the Sefton Coast of Merseyside. The group, funded by a grant from ARG-UK's 100% Fund and conservation NGO Habitat Aid, carried out urgent... Read more...


Free surveys & training for Wildlife Trusts

Thursday, 18 July 2013 15:56 [ NGOs and volunteering ]

This week CGO Ecology is giving away some freebies via social media (Twitter and Facebook): free species surveys, and free survey training. We hope to offer more in the future, depending how successful the initiative is this time. In the meantime, please spread the word to your local Wildlife... Read more...


Murdered turtle guardian - $10,000 reward

Tuesday, 11 June 2013 18:22 [ NGOs and volunteering ]
LIMÓN, Costa Rica— Conservation groups today announced a $10,000 reward for information on the brutal killing of Jairo Mora Sandoval, a sea turtle activist working to protect nesting sea turtles on Costa Rica's Caribbean coast near Limón. According to media reports, the 26-year-old... Read more...

Big boost for biological recording?

Friday, 02 November 2012 20:47 [ NGOs and volunteering ]

The Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) has announced a six-year contract to enhance biological recording in the UK. 

The contract awarded to the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) will support biological recording, analysis and interpretation, with the aim ... Read more...


First ARG UK E-Bulletin

Saturday, 27 August 2011 09:20 [ NGOs and volunteering ]

ARG UK has produced an e-bulletin for wide circulation:


Welcome to the first edition of the ARG UK E-Bulletin, our monthly round-up of the latest news from the ARG UK website This bulletin will be e-mailed out once a month, and we hope it will be of interest to you, and... Read more...


ARC Trust recruiting a consultancy manager

Tuesday, 12 July 2011 12:35 [ NGOs and volunteering ]

The Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust is currently advertising for a managerial candidate to set up and manage an ecological consultancy arm, to be attached to the existing charity.

According to ARC, "The ideal candidate will have significant experience in consultancy work... Read more...


New ARGs for Nottinghamshire and Hertfordshire

Tuesday, 01 March 2011 16:01 [ NGOs and volunteering ]

CGO Ecology is pleased to hear that two new local ARG groups have been set up for the counties of Nottinghamshire and Hertfordshire. The national network of local voluntary groups is the backbone of herp recording and conservation in the UK.

Nottinghamshire's new group (NARG) has...


New DARN Facebook group and website

Tuesday, 24 August 2010 19:33 [ NGOs and volunteering ]

Dorset Amphibian and Reptile Network (DARN) now has a Facebook group. Join the group and add any herp-related news or suggestions, or contact us to be added to the DARN email circulation list.... Read more...


DEKAMER turtle project looking for donors

Monday, 12 July 2010 14:06 [ NGOs and volunteering ]

On a recent trip to Turkey, CGO Ecology's Chris Gleed-Owen visited the DEKAMER research and rehabilitation centre at Iztuzu Beach in Turkey. Situated behind an important turtle nesting beach near Dalyan on Turkey's Mediterranean coast, DEKAMER rescues injured marine turtles and nurses them back... Read more...


Herp charities merge

Monday, 06 July 2009 21:26 [ NGOs and volunteering ]

The UK's two main herpetofauna charities - Froglife and The Herpetological Conservation Trust (the HCT) - have today merged to form a single new charity called 'Amphibian and Reptile Conservation’. Traditionally, Froglife focused its efforts on awareness and public campaigns, whereas the HCT's ... Read more...


Dorset herp group relaunched

Thursday, 02 July 2009 18:55 [ NGOs and volunteering ]

The Dorset Amphibian and Reptile Network (DARN) is a communication and action network set up to further the conservation of native amphibians and reptiles in the county of Dorset. Membership is by inclusion on an email circulation list, and the group is run by volunteers. Originally launched in... Read more...


Survey volunteers needed!

Friday, 27 February 2009 00:00 [ NGOs and volunteering ]

The Herpetological Conservation Trust is looking for volunteers to take part in its national amphibian and reptile surveys, and to help with rare species monitoring programmes. Anyone who can spare an hour or two occasionally, whenever they can fit it in, is welcome to join the Read more...


"We applied to build a barn to be sited on an arable field.  The council asked for a biodiversity appraisal, and placed a short deadline for receipt. We engaged Dr Chris Gleed-Owen who made a site visit within days, and delivered a fully researched report with plans, species list and recommendation a few days later, within the required timescale.  We have therefore avoided the need for extensions and delays.  Thank you Chris.

Susan Ross, Frankham Farm, Ryme Intrinseca


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