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06/07/2014 09:53

The Scottish Naturalist & The Western Naturalist – free online access

Over the years the Scottish Naturalist and the Western Naturalist have published a great many important papers, as well as notes and obituaries documenting the history and development of Scottish natural history. Latterly in particular, the journals had limited circulation and access has been...
17/05/2014 14:14

Sand Lizards Hanging On

It may be suroprising to learn that the Sand lizard Lacerta agilis, native to some coatal areas in southern Britain and the Merseyside coast, also  occurs in Scotland.  In 1970, 39 lizards were introduced to a Hebridean island as part of an...
10/05/2014 13:25

Early Spring Reptile Action at Loch Lomond

CARG member, Chris McInerny continues to monitor reptile populations at various sites within the  Loch Lomond National Park, especially in an area where it was feared that a hydroelectric scheme under construction, might have a detrimental effect .   So far this spring, many reptiles of...
30/12/2013 19:59

Newts still active?

Recently, on the ARG-UK facebook Group, there have been a lot of posts about newts still active in ponds through the mild weather. CARG secretary Erik, feeling a little inspired, took a trip to a pond in East Kilbride this evening (30/12/13) and by torchlight survey spotted a male palmate newt...
29/11/2013 14:57

Clyde ARG now on Facebook!

The Clyde Amphibian and Reptile Group now has a facebook page, further to our last meeting it was decided that a facebook page would be made so that members and interested parties would find it easier to get in touch and stay up to date with CARG's goings on. You can find and "like" our page by...
22/11/2013 19:00

Good Attendance at Autumn Meeting

The Autumn meeting of 2013 was a few days ago, with good numbers in attendance we agreed that the new venue organized by member Brian Beck is an excellent space for our future meeting. We've also got lots of exciting projects coming up so keep your eyes peeled on the blog or consider joining the...
19/10/2013 19:00

Call for Grass Snake Records

Clyde ARG Membership secretary and Scottish representative of ARGUK, Chris Cathrine has undertaken volunteer research in to the occurrence of the Grass snake (Natrix natrix) in Scotland.  Chris has noted that there are a number of confirmed sightings of Grass snakes in Scotland but he is...
05/02/2013 19:00

CARG Member Puts East Kilbride's Frogs on the Map.

As part of ongoing monitoring of the population size and spread of the European Common frog (Rana temporaria) in East Kilbride, CARG Membership secretary Erik Paterson took on a repeat survey of Common frog breeding sites throughout the town in 2012 to ascertain any changes in population size and...
02/06/2012 18:42

More Chytrid testing: Palmate newts at Elderslie

On 2nd June, CARG members Eilidh Spence and John Sweeney, assisted by Iain McDonald, captured a sample of 30 Palmate Newts for Chytrid swabbing at a pond beside the cyclepath at Elderslie, Renfrewshire.  The procedure is completely harmless and the newts were all returned to the pond...
24/05/2012 19:00

More on the Chytrid Survey

The reults as they say..... are in and verified.  Following the re-testing of some samples which gave puzzling results, it has been conformed that none of the amphibians wsabbed by CARG members last spring have tested positive for Chytrid.  Freya Smith who organised the 2011 National...

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