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Wanted: Reptile Enthusiasts!

Wanted: Reptile Enthusiasts!

Our reptile transect locations are sited across the Forest of Dean. Maybe there’s one near you?

The Reptile survey period runs from April through until early October and we are always on the lookout for volunteers who can help check a transect approximately every 2 weeks (or at least once per month).

The volunteering is very flexible. Timings are not critical although surveys may be more rewarding on sunny days.  People are welcome to take on one transect, more than one transect, or even to share with another person.

It is an adventure of discovery! Some transect sites are speculative and may not have many reptiles or they may be a hidden goldmine! But with all this monitoring we are hoping to find some new reptile records in places where they are not known about.  You may have seen the Reptile Survey on BBC Countryfile which showed viewers what is involved.  If you are a bit apprehensive about looking for reptiles, we urge you to give it a go!  Project leader David Dewsbury can show you how it can be done safely, even with children.

Also, If you would like to enter your records on-line, you can join the ‘Dean Reptile’ project on Living Record, where you will be able to find all the transects on a map and very easily enter the details of your visit. You can also look at the other sites and see who has been there and what they have found.

Sessions will be arranged to take people through the survey method and data input as required. So, if you would like to do some reptile surveying for summer of 2020, please get in touch with Deb Cook forestersforest@fvaf.org.uk

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