Volunteer with Amphibians and Reptiles
Since the 28th April is Save the Frogs Day, this is a great chance to raise awareness of how you can volunteer to help amphibians and reptiles and help them.
You can volunteer for Froglife doing a range of activities such as practical work, helping with education activities or using your IT skills.
Amphibian and Reptile Conservation need people to help with conservation, surveying and lending a hand at events.
ARC work closely with the Amphibian and Reptile Groups of the UK (ARG UK) which is a network of local volunteer groups. These are generally organised on a county basis so you will probably find a group in your area
The ARC Trust owns and manages over 80 reserves across the country so there are plenty of volunteering opportunities. Volunteering is a wonderful way to meet like-minded people, and there's nothing like getting outside and exericisng - and that's all the better if you can help conservation! There are a lot of local groups around the country - slither off here to find your local ARG group here
Report what you find or spot in your garden or when you’re out and about. Amphibian and Reptiles Conservation can help you identify what you’ve seen. It really helps conservationists build up a picture of where amphibians and reptiles are and where they aren't but used to be. This in turn helps them identify species which need help.
Frolife have an app you can use called Dragon Finder - you can use it to identify reptiles and amphibians while you're out and about, to report a sighting and to find out more about a species.
Join projects and surveys
Give them a hand with your eyes and record your results and let them know about them. There are some fascinating projects and surveys being done to help amphibians and reptiles - such as Make the Adder Count in 2018, Adders are Amazing, The Adder Campaign, Toads on Roads, Saving Amphibians in Drains and more.
Create a wildlife pond in your garden
It doesn’t need to be large – a small one will do. The charity Froglife has a Just Add Water campaign with lots of advice and helpful tips on its website – click here to hop off to the Just Add water campaign.
And there’s plenty you can do to encourage amphibians and reptiles into your own garden – this is becoming more and more important as natural habitats are destroyed.
Join the Toad on the Road Patrol
Give toads a helping hand and become a Toad Patroller. The Toads on Roads project registers ‘migratory crossings’ and helps coordinate local Toad Patrols. Patrols can apply to local councils for road warning signs to be put up and actively help toads cross the road.
Find out more
As well as reading the websites online, Foyles has some great books you can delve into to discover more about amphibians and reptiles. They could also make great gifts too! The more knowledge we all have about amphibians and reptiles, the more we become aware of the help they need, and what each of us can do to help them.