If you would like to find out more about volunteering with ARC check out our Frequently Asked Questions, volunteer testimonials or contact our volunteer co-ordinators.

What sort of activities can volunteers help with?

There are a number of tasks that volunteers for Amphibian and Reptile Conservation can get involved in...

Practical tasks 

A huge part of our volunteer work focuses on the management of our reserves, many of which are heathlands. Volunteers can get involved with the conservation and restoration of this special and endangered habitat on sites in both Dorset and Surrey. The regular practical tasks vary from week to week depending on the season and needs of a particular reserve. The majority of winter work is the removal of scrub and keeping the habitat in good condition, usually accompanied by a warming fire and lots of tea and biscuits - great on a chilly day! There are also a variety of summer activities including guided walks, construction, habitat work and surveying.

Take a look at this video filmed and edited by ARC volunteer Dave Meyers showing what it's like to do practical conservation volunteering with Amphibian and Reptile Conservation.

Surveying

In the spring and summer months there are some opportunities to carry out surveying and monitoring of reptiles and amphibians on our reserves. Monitoring of species is a great way to get to know the sites you may have done practical work on, and find out if the management is actually working. We can provide training on how to identify some of the species found on site, usually at the start of the survey season. The data that gets produced is vital for local records and on a national scale. It all gets fed into national recording schemes to build up a wider picture of what is happening to our herpetofauna.

If you are not local to a site where surveying and monitoring is being carried out, take a look at our National Amphibian and Reptile Recording Scheme (NARRS), our targeted Natterjack toad survey and other ways to record your sightings.

Events

Awareness raising and educating the public about amphibians, reptiles and their disappearing habitats is a vital part of our work.

Each year ARC attends a variety of public events; ranging from local fates to county shows. Volunteering with us at events is a great way to gain experience of working with the public and a fun day out! 

Amphibian and Reptile Groups of the UK (ARG UK)

As well as there being plenty of opportunity to volunteer with us, Amphibian and Reptile Conservation also works closely with the Amphibian and Reptile Groups of the UK (ARG UK) - a network of local volunteer groups, usually organised on a county basis.

The structure and activity of groups varies according to local interests and priorities but all ARGs are concerned with the conservation of native amphibians and reptiles in their local area. The primary activities of ARGs are survey and recording, but groups also carry out habitat management work, educational projects, site visits and toad patrols. ARGs are the sources of local expertise for amphibian and reptile conservation, but new members are always welcome and most groups run training events.