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Thursday, 10 November 2011 19:41 [ Amphibians ]

Arnold Cooke is well known to many in the herpetological world. Both a prominent professional ecologist, and a highly-regarded amphibian specialist, he has worked with amphibians for many years. Most famously he has conducted the UK's longest-standing study of common toads and the effect of road ... Read more...

Thursday, 03 November 2011 23:28 [ Meetings and events ]

The Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (IEEM) is the UK’s main professional body for ecologists, nature conservation practitioners, ecological consultants and the like. Whilst membership is not a life-or-death choice, there are times when it has distinct... Read more...

Wednesday, 26 October 2011 09:34 [ Invasives and non-natives ]

Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica) and its sister species, giant knotweed (Fallopia sachalinensis), are the scourge of Britain. Originally introduced in the early 19th century as ornamental and fodder plants, and celebrated for their amazing ability to survive the slopes of... Read more...

Tuesday, 25 October 2011 20:28 [ CGO Ecology news ]

The last two months have proved very busy for CGO Ecology Ltd. Normally the spring is the busiest season, but the warm autumn in 2011, and a rash of new contracts, has made for a very busy season.

With a warmer autumn than usual, the active season for reptiles and amphibians has been... Read more...

Friday, 30 September 2011 21:46 [ Survey news ]

It is encouraging to see that Amphibian and Reptile Conservation's "Add an Adder" recording campaign ( is still going strong after six years. In this time it has gathered well over 4,000 records of... Read more...

Thursday, 22 September 2011 19:24 [ Meetings and events ]

Amphibian and Reptile Conservation and the British Herpetological Society have announced the date and details of their annual Joint Scientific Meeting. The popular conference will take place this year on Sunday 4th December 2011. There will be a social gathering the evening before,... Read more...

Monday, 12 September 2011 16:07 [ Publications ]

Hot off the press, Natural England has just published its much-anticipated "Reptile Mitigation Guidelines".

The document is the product of a long research and consultation period, coordinated, edited and largely written by Jim Foster, formerly of Natural England. Jim was NE's reptile and ... Read more...

Tuesday, 06 September 2011 17:14 [ Publications ]

The Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (IEEM) has just published a set of guidance notes to advise wildlife surveyors and other practitioners on the skills needed for species surveys. The new notes - called “Competencies for Species Survey (CSS) Guidance" - have been a year ... Read more...

Thursday, 01 September 2011 20:14 [ Reptiles ]

This year has been a bumper year for sand lizard conservation. The Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust (ARC) has managed to introduce/reintroduce sand lizards to seven sites in England and Wales - possibly a record number.

Following on from a century of heavy declines, and... Read more...

Thursday, 01 September 2011 12:03 [ Publications ]

A new Code has been produced for dealing with stranded turtles found on UK coastlines. The code is produced by a partnership including the Marine Conservation Society and the Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust. The Code advises anyone who finds a stranded marine turtle on what to do, who... Read more...

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...

Saturday, 13 August 2011 09:53 [ CGO Ecology news ]

CGO Ecology Ltd always welcomes opportunities to work with new clients and new projects. Our portfolio spans a wide range of sectors and industries already, including housing, schools, road infrastructure, quarrying, sustainable energy, wildlife conservation, training and... Read more...

Wednesday, 03 August 2011 19:56 [ Reptiles ]

The current hot weather is making reptiles difficult to spot. In hot weather, reptiles don't need to spend much time basking, and we lose our best chance of seeing them.

With daytime temperatures finally back where they should be in the British summer, the sunny weather is not to... Read more...

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...

Tuesday, 14 June 2011 21:10 [ Conservation and policy ]

The following is from Steve Davis of Dorset Wldlife Trust:

"The volunteering support for the reptile rescue has been simply astounding. I put out a call for volunteers over the weekend to join us at the Wildlife Centre to assist in walking the site. This was picked up by various... Read more...

Friday, 10 June 2011 07:53 [ Conservation and policy ]

One of Dorset's largest heaths was almost completely destroyed by fire yesterday. According to the internet and TV reports, it seems like one of the biggest heath fires ever. Estimates in the afternoon said it was 100 hectares and spreading fast, with 20 appliances and 200 firefighters. But by... Read more...

Thursday, 02 June 2011 09:35 [ Research and discussion ]

As we enter the month of June - the beginning of summer in climatic terms - we can look back on a spring that has been the warmest and driest for many years. Reptiles in the UK have undoubtedly benefited from this warm weather, which has set them a few steps ahead in the annual cycles, in terms... Read more...

Wednesday, 01 June 2011 09:06 [ CGO Ecology news ]

The email server problems that were causing bounce-backs have now been solved. If you have tried to contact us in the last few days, and received a bounce-back message, please try again. Many thanks for your patience.

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Tuesday, 31 May 2011 13:01 [ CGO Ecology news ]

Please accept our apologies, but server problems are preventing emails from reaching CGO Ecology at present. We are working on getting this fixed as soon as possible. Please try telephoning 07846 137346 instead if you want to speak to me (Chris Gleed-Owen) personally.

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Saturday, 07 May 2011 20:41 [ Research and discussion ]

Numbers of Britain’s rarest lizard, the sand lizard, are increasing in parts of southern England - possibly due to climate change.

Sand lizards are only found on heathlands and sand dunes in parts of Dorset, Hampshire, Surrey and a few other counties. They are considered rare and... Read more...

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