Erik Paterson of the Clyde Amphibian and Reptile Group has been undertaking a census of the amphibian species present in the South Lanarkshire town of East Kilbride since 2012. Four common species are found breeding within the town's ponds but a full suite of survey methods has yet to be carried out in oen season.
From sometime in March to May or later during 2014, CARG volunteers are sought to come along for night-time surveys (21:00-(~)00:00) within the town. These will involve netting, torchlight searches and egg searching for newts. This is an excellent opportunity to develop some ID skills and newt survey methodology skills.
Warm clothing and wellies essential, all other equipment will be supplied. If you're interested in helping out with this citizen science project, get in touch with Erik on firstname.lastname@example.org More details will be added here and sent around the mailing list in due course.
Erik Paterson, CARG Secretary