Jon Cranfield

Amphibian & Reptile Conservation

In Uncategorized on July 23, 2011 at 7:40 am

The main focus of my voluntary and professional life has to be to help the UK’s amphibians & reptiles. Ever since a local childhood haunt was threatened with development and my involvement with the Amphibian & Reptile groups of the UK.

I was a founder member of the Essex ARG back in 1998. Back then there were 40 groups around the country. Today there are over 60 local groups and contacts.

Back in Hampshire I have been a volunteer for a similar amount of time and member of the Hampshire ARG.

Working with a variety of different partners is key to ensuring herpetofauna conservation in the UK. The new charity Amphibian & Reptile Conservation Trust is the key NGO with over 80 reserves to help conserve our native herpetofauna.

My own nature reserves starts at home and through 11yrs of consultancy work.

The garden pond has had a resident frog Rana temporaria this summer so I am hopeful that the frogs will breed next winter/spring.

There are a number of new plants added to the pond this week after returning from the Old Nevendon road site yesterday. The Nevendon site is developing really well and just like my small pond it has had vegetation added to it though on a much larger scale using diggers, lorries and specialist turf cutting machines.

A series of photographs of my pond and the new reserve will be posted in the next post.

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