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Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (ARC) and Amphibian and Reptile Groups of UK (ARG UK), are delighted to be able to announce the 2017 Herpetofauna Workers’ Meeting, which is to be held at the Crowne Plaza, in central Nottingham on 11th-12th February 2017.

 Running annually for over 27 years, this popular two-day event occupies the centre stage of the herpetological calendar. Once again, we offer a full and varied programme of presentations and workshops with plenty of opportunities to network. The meeting attracts a diverse audience representing: conservation organisations, ecological consultants, statutory bodies, land managers, academic institutions and students, and enthusiastic volunteers.

In 2017, the meeting will cover a range of topics including: the importance of the new chytrid species, Bsal, for our native amphibians; showcasing a range of novel approaches to reptile mitigation; restoring overgrown farmland ponds; updates from the national statutory agencies; conservation priorities for adders; using SUDS to help toads; the RAVON approach to monitoring for widespread species in the Netherlands; integrated approaches to GCN monitoring, including the use of genetic techniques to understand population dynamics; Aesculapian snakes; and some interesting examples of how citizen science can support amphibian and reptile conservation, from Cornwall to Scotland.

We are also pleased to announce a strong workshop programme, and topics will include: eDNA surveys for great crested newts; developing a new national widespread species recording scheme; practical tips for restoring overgrown ponds; EPS licensing updates; and developing guidelines for guided public reptile walks. Something for everyone! 

Please download the programme for details of talks and workshops. Workshops are allocated on a first come, first served basis.

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Useful information

The entire conference including the Gala Dinner and quiz on Saturday evening will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. There is ample car parking on site.

Information about alternative accommodation can be found via and Nottingham Tourism. The tourism website also has details of local attractions, restaurants and transport links.

Thank you to our 2017 sponsors:


Sponsorship opportunities

By sponsoring our meeting in Nottingham on 11th-12th Feb 2017, your organisation will reach a wide audience of around 200 delegates, including representatives from wildlife conservation groups; consultant ecologists; academic researchers and students; statutory bodies and local authority planners; land managers; and keen amateurs. Your sponsorship will also help us to keep the meeting accessible for our volunteers and those on a lower income. We have several sponsorship options available. Please download the sponsorship flyer or contact Angie Julian for more details.

Booking for this event has now closed.