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Thank you for joining us at The Best Western Plus Stoke-on-Trent Moat House for The Herpetofauna Workers Meeting 2019. We hope you enjoyed the meeting. In order to ensure the quality of future meetings please take a minute to complete this short feedback form.

Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (ARC) and Amphibian and Reptile Groups of UK (ARG UK), are delighted to announce the 2019 Herpetofauna Workers’ Meeting, which is to be held at the Best Western Plus Stoke on Trent Moat House on 9th-10th February 2019.

Running annually for over 29 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.

For the Herpetofauna Workers’ Meeting 2019 we are making some changes based on feedback from previous meetings. We hope you’ll like these changes. In the past we would run each workshop twice, but this year we’re running each only once, on the Saturday. We’ve selected a good range of topics so that whilst you can only select one, we think you’ll find that session useful. We’re also trying out a “Question and Answer” panel format on the Sunday. There will be a choice of two, one on any herp conservation issues, and one specifically on the new licensing regime for great crested newts.  For the social evening we’re having a break from the quiz and instead having a set from DJ Lizard Wizard (ARC’s own Peter Hill). We hope you’ll like these changes and we will as usual be seeking your feedback on what you liked (and what you didn’t), to feed in to planning for future meetings.

Please download the programme for details of talks and workshops.

Useful information

The entire conference including the Gala Dinner and evening entertainment on Saturday evening will be held at the Best Western Plus Stoke on Trent Moat House. There is ample free car parking on site.


The Best Western Plus Stoke on Trent Moat House have reserved a block of rooms for Herp Workers Meeting delegates on 9th and 10th February 2019. These rooms will be available until 7th January 2019 or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first. Please call reservations on 0844 387 6245 and quote GA001328 to book your room(s).

Information about alternative accommodation can be found via and Visit Stoke-on-Trent. The tourism website also has details of local attractions, restaurants and transport links.

Research posters

If you would like to exhibit a research poster please contact [email protected] 

Thank you to our 2019 Sponsors!



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Sponsorship opportunities

By sponsoring our meeting in Stoke-on-Trent on 9th-10th Feb 2019, 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 Angela Reynolds via: [email protected] for more details.