Welcome to W.R.A.G.

Worcestershire Reptile & Amphibian Group is a voluntary organization dedicated to the promotion and conservation of Amphibians, Reptiles and their associated habitats within Worcestershire.

W.R.A.G. is a member of the ARG UK network and we work closely with local and national conservation groups to achieve our aims.

We are currently making a come back after an extended hibernation and would love to hear from anyone in the local area with a passion for Reptiles & Amphibians, if that’s you or someone you know please get in touch via e-mail worcsarg@googlemail.com or join our Facebook Group

Burlish Top Golf Course Reptile Surveys 2019

This year we are teaming up with the Wyre Forest Rangers to survey their newest nature reserve the Burlish Top Golf Course.

A beautiful location with very exciting prospects for the future the former site of Burlish Park Golf Club was abandoned two years ago and acquired by Wyre Forest District Council just last year.

Neighbouring Burlish Top Nature Reserve it further expands on the wonderful stretch of habitat that seamlessly links to the Rifle Range, Devils Spittleful, and WMSP.

Meeting at Burlish Top Nature Reserve car park on The Kingsway, DY13 8NA.

Please wear sturdy walking boots and dress appropriately for the weather.

Saturday 20th April 2019 – 10am

Sunday 5th Mary 2019 – 10am

Saturday 25th May 2019 – 9.30am

Sunday 23rd June 2019 – 9am

All dates and times listed are weather dependant and subject to change / cancellation at short notice so please check back regularly.

Puxton Marsh Reptile Surveys 2019

Come and help us survey for reptiles on Puxton Marsh SSSI in association with the Wyre Forest Rangers.

Puxton Marsh is a species rich marsh fen, an excellent example in Worcestershire and declared a Site of Special Scientific Interetst (SSSI). The marsh has green links with other nature reserves and parks such as Stourvale marsh, Springfield Park, and areas further down the River Stour such as Wilden Marshes. It forms part of the most important and extensive wetland habitats in the Midlands. We will be surveying an area that due to its boggy nature, and populations of sensitive wildlife is not usually open to the public.

Meeting at the entrance to the reserve on Puxton Drive. SO 8277 7794

Please wear wellies and dress appropriately for the weather.

Saturday 27th April 2019 – 10am

Sunday 12th May 2019 – 10am

Saturday 15th June 2019 – 9.30am

Sunday 7th July 2019 – 9am

All dates and times listed are weather dependant and subject to change / cancellation at short notice so please check back regularly.

Corfe Avenue Pond Survey – Booking Essential

Limited spaces are available to join us in surveying the pond at Corfe Avenue, Warndon.
Friday 8th June – 8pm.
We do not have any recent data on this pond so we will be looking for evidence of the presence of newts. The plan will be to torch the pond looking for newts and egg folds. If visibility is poor we may instead set bottle traps (to be released the following morning). Weather dependant.

IMPORTANT: Due to being in the middle of a housing estate and not wishing to disturb residents we are restricting this event to just 6 volunteers. Please email info@wrag.club to book your place on a first come first serve basis.

Tolladine Wood Pond Survey – Booking essential.

Limited spaces are available to join us in surveying the pond at Tolladine Wood / Plantation Drive, Worcester.
Wednesday 16th May – 8pm.
We do not have any recent data on this pond so we will be looking for evidence of the presence of newts. The plan will be to torch the pond looking for newts and egg folds. If visibility is poor we may instead set bottle traps (to be released the following morning). Weather dependant.

IMPORTANT: Due to being in the middle of a housing estate and not wishing to disturb residents we are restricting this event to just 6 volunteers. Please email info@wrag.club to book your place on a first come first serve basis.

Corfe Avenue Pond Survey- Booking essential

Limited spaces are available to join us in surveying the pond at Corfe Avenue, Warndon.
Friday 11th May – 8pm.
We do not have any recent data on this pond so we will be looking for evidence of the presence of newts. The plan will be to torch the pond looking for newts and egg folds. If visibility is poor we may instead set bottle traps (to be released the following morning). Weather dependant.

IMPORTANT: Due to being in the middle of a housing estate and not wishing to disturb residents we are restricting this event to just 6 volunteers. Please email info@wrag.club to book your place on a first come first serve basis.

Mabb’s Orchard Pond Surveys

On the evening of Saturday 5th May we will be visiting Mabb’s Orchard / Trotshill Allotments in Warndon, Worcester to take a look at a cluster of 5 ponds and introduce you to, and practice a variety of survey techniques to record Amphibians.

Activities will include visual searches for eggs & tadpoles, torch surveys to count Newts, and hopefully we will have the opportunity to set some bottle traps (You are welcome to join us again for the trap release the following morning).

We will be working around water in the dark. Please bring wellies / waders, torches, and appropriate clothing & any refreshments you may require for the weather.
All volunteers will be required to complete a volunteer agreement form on the day for insurance purposes.

Meeting at 7pm. Location: Mabb’s Orchard Allotments, Mabbs Close, Worcester. WR4 0SY.

Important: The allotment car park is at the end of a fairly narrow cul-de-sac where children may be playing and to enter the car park you have to drive across a footpath obscured by high hedge rows, please take extra care and keep an eye out for children & dogs.

Cherry Orchard Reptile Surveys

Worcestershire Reptile & Amphibian Group will be surveying Cherry Orchard Local Nature Reserve for Reptiles throughout May & June this year.
Please join us as we carry out transect & refugia surveys to record Slow-worm (Anguis fragilis) & Grass Snake (Natrix n. helvetica) on this interesting riverside site owned by Worcester City Council.

Please bring sturdy footwear, work gloves, and weather appropriate clothing & refreshments. All volunteers will be required to complete a volunteer agreement form for insurance purposes.

Meeting at 10am on Diglis Playing Fields, Waverley Street, Worcester, WR5 3DH.

These surveys will be weather dependant so times and dates are subject to change or cancellation.

Monday 7th May
Thursday 17th May
Tuesday 22nd May
Monday 28th May

June dates to be added…

Perdiswell Newt Surveys

Join us at Perdiswell to count Newts by torch light.

We will be carrying out a torching survey of Perdiswell Pond on Sunday 29th of April. This is a good opportunity to witness the mating & egg laying behaviours of both GCN & Smooth Newts.
We will be following it up with an end of season survey on Saturday May 26th.

Meeting at 8pm at Perdiswell Leisure Centre, Bilford Road, Worcester. WR3 8DX

Bring wellies, a strong torch, and appropriate clothing for the weather. All volunteers will be required to complete a volunteer agreement for insurance purposes.