The Joint Scientific Meeting run by ARC and the British Herpetological Society (BHS) will be held at the Bournemouth Natural Science Society museum on Saturday 3rd Deceber 2016. This is a very popular one day conference with science and research based presentations from the UK and overseas and ends with a raffle which raises funds for various great herpetofauna related causes. 


09:30-10:00       Arrival, registration and coffee

10:00-10:05       Welcome: Prof. Richard Griffiths, BHS President

10:05-10:30       GCN occupancy modelling – Paul Furnborough, North East Wales Wildlife

10:30-10:55       New Forest smooth snakes – Ben Limburn, ARC

10:55-11:20       Peruvian frogs – Laurence Jarvis, FERA

11:20-12:00       Coffee

12:05-12:30       Non-native grass snakes – Anthony Von Plettenberg Laing, Bangor University

12:30-12:55       Morelet’s crocodile – Chloe Lewis, University of Southampton

12:55-13:20       Ranavirus – Lewis Campbell, University of Exeter

13:20-14:45       Lunch

14:50-15:15       eDNA – Andrew Buxton, DICE, University of Kent

15:15-15:40       Snake venom/taxonomy – Wolfgang Wuster, Bangor University

15:40-16:15       Bromeliad frogs - Izabela Menezes-Barata, DICE, University of Kent

16:15-17:00       Coffee and departure


On FRIDAY 2nd December there will be a chance for socialising over a meal and drinks at a local restaurant. Although we WILL NOT be taking payment for the meal online please indicate during registration if you are interested in joining us. Details of arrangements for the meal, including venue, prices and payment arrangements will be sent to registered attendees only in late October. Meal places are limited to around 30 people. Please e-mail if you have any questions.


Exhibitors and vendors are welcome, by prior arrangement only. If you would like to have a stall or to present a poster or display please contact John Wilkinson on 07810770560 or

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