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ARG-UK & BHS announce research funds

Tuesday, 06 November 2012 11:55 [ Research and discussion ]

The Amphibian and Reptile Groups of the UK (ARG-UK) and the British Herpetological Society (BHS) have each announced research grant schemes coordinated by the respective organisations.

The ARG-UK Research Fund will award small grants up to £300 for projects studying native herpetofauna ... Read more...


Do reptiles live on floodplains?

Wednesday, 13 June 2012 13:54 [ Research and discussion ]

Do reptiles live on floodplains? It is a question I have often asked myself, and usually concluded that the answer is largely 'no.' The obvious exception is the grass snake, a highy mobile species, at home in agricultural and managed landscapes, and a good swimmer.

I wouldn't expect to...


Backlash against HPA's adder hysteria

Wednesday, 23 May 2012 19:51 [ Research and discussion ]

An open letter to Justin McCracken, Chief Executive of the Health Protection Agency, in response to their press release "County walking? Think snakes..." (23/5/12):

Dear Mr McCracken,

I object most strongly to the Health Protection Agency’s
press release about adders...


A good spring for reptiles

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...


Rare lizards spreading due to climate change?

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...


Genetic study investigates adder declines

Tuesday, 05 April 2011 21:51 [ Research and discussion ]

Researchers are investigating adder populations in southern England to see if they are suffering from genetic bottlenecking. This can occur when populations become too small, and low gene flow means they are not enriched by sharing of mutations between numerous individuals.

Most...


NARRS report highlights adder's disappearance

Friday, 11 March 2011 20:40 [ Research and discussion ]

The Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust has released a landmark report compiling the first three years of results from its nationwide widespread species surveys. The results are worrying. Adders seem to be declining fast, and were recorded from only 7% of sites surveyed. Toads, newts,... Read more...


Indian summer keeps the reptiles out

Thursday, 07 October 2010 20:17 [ Research and discussion ]

The current spell of warm and sunny weather is showing signs of becoming a longer phase of unseasonably mild weather, and the term 'Indian Summer' is already being banded about. With several days of sunny weather forecast ahead, daily air temperatures are expected to exceed 20°C.


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