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The National Amphibian and Reptile Monitoring Programme

Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (ARC) is introducing some exciting improvements to its survey programme. To raise the profile of amphibian and reptile monitoring work there’s a new name for ARC’s portfolio of surveys and projects that generate data for conservation – the National Amphibian and Reptile Monitoring Programme.

There are surveys suitable for beginners such as Garden Dragon Watch and others for people with more experience, including the National Amphibian Survey and National Reptile Survey. These surveys, which will be running from spring this year, are designed to determine trends in amphibian and reptile populations. They take forward and update the widespread amphibian and reptile elements of the National Amphibian and Reptile Recording Scheme (NARRS) which has been running since 2007. The aim is to grow a large network of long-term monitoring sites that surveyors visit several times each year.

ARC is looking for people who would like to take part as volunteer surveyors or who could offer to host a survey on their land. The National Amphibian Survey
and National Reptile Survey provide surveyors with different options for where they survey. Amphibian surveys focus on a waterbody such as a pond, reptile surveys focus on any habitat suitable for reptiles.

You can find out more about these surveys and other current projects by visiting the ARC Survey Hub. Some training information is available online and we will be running virtual and in-person training sessions on species identification and surveying, as well as training on using the Survey Hub.

The surveys make use of new technologies to help surveyors collect and submit data and new data analysis techniques. The ARC Survey Hub provides access to interactive resources including maps, survey guidance, training materials and digital forms/apps for submitting data and viewing their survey results on a mobile phone, PC or tablet.

ARC would love members of the Nature Friendly Farming Network to get involved with their surveys, so that farmed land is properly represented in the data collected and to give land managers the opportunity to find out more about the species on their land.