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The Herpetofauna Workers' Meeting is the foremost gathering for those involved in UK amphibian and reptile conservation. Run in partnership Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (ARC) and Amphibian and Reptile Groups of the UK (ARG-UK) held a Herpetofauna Workers’ Meeting 2022 online in February in the form of a non-native species symposium. Read the review here

The intended live conference in this summer has now been postponed until 2023 which will take part on the 4th and 5th of February to better suit delegate pockets and diaries. 

Overlooking the shores of Llandudno at Venue Cymru, we have a broad range of speakers from across the UK and abroad covering a variety of herpetofauna conservation topics, with guest star appearances thrown in! The Gala Dinner is back by popular demand on Saturday night featuring our ‘Have I Got New(t)s for You!’ quiz and there will be plenty of opportunities to network. We are also offering two optional field trips on Friday 3rd February (details below).

The meeting attracts a diverse audience representing: conservation organisations, ecological consultants, statutory bodies, land managers, academic institutions and students, and enthusiastic volunteers. As always we offer a concessionary rate for ARC Members, members of ARG’s and students. Tickets will be back on sale shortly. 

Download the provisional programme for details of talks and workshops.


Thank you to this year's sponsors:


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Optional field trips

Whether you are a volunteer, student, consultant or other professional we look forward to welcoming you from Friday 3rd February, where we are offering two great field visits on approach to the venue. Spaces are limited so please be sure to indicate your interest during registration:

Guided Walk on Great Orme

Join us at 3pm for a guided walk on the Great Orme (Y Gogarth) for the views over the seascapes to the shores of Anglesey and the northern limits of the Carneddau Range. Much of the headland is a designated Special Area of Conservation. For over 100 years it has also been home to a growing herd of Kashmiri Goats and slow-worms! The most atmospheric means of reaching the summit is on the vintage Great Orme Tramway (Church Walks, LL30 2NB, 01492 879306,, or else take the Great Orme Aerial Cable Car (Happy Valley Rd, LL30 2LP, 01492 877205).

Guided field visit to Talacre SSSI  

This Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) is one of only a few locations in Wales where it is possible to encounter the rare natterjack toad. We invite delegates to meet ARC staff at 3pm to hear how the site is managed and monitored for this species. There will also be an opportunity to meet members of ARC’s monitoring team and see a demonstration of how ARC's survey apps can be used to record sightings of a range of amphibians and reptiles feeding into the National Amphibian and Reptile Monitoring Programme.

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Useful information

Questions? Contact the team via [email protected]

You do not need to bring a printed or electronic version of your ticket.

The dress code for the Gala Dinner and evening entertainment is ‘smart casual’.

The entire conference including the Gala Dinner and evening entertainment on Saturday evening will be held at Venue Cymru.

You can find more useful information via the Tourist Office, Victoria Arcade, Mostyn St, LL30 2RP, 01492 577577 or including free maps of Great Orme footpaths.


Venue Cymru
Penrhyn Crescent,
The Promenade,
LL30 1BB 

01492 872000

Visit the venue website for Parking information.

Getting there:

By car Venue Cymru is 4 miles away from the A55 and takes approximately 8 minutes by car, giving access from all over the North West and beyond via M62/M56. From Junction 19 of the A55, follow signs for Llandudno and take the A470 (Royal Welsh Way), from there follow the brown road signs marked Venue Cymru. Venue Cymru Post Code, LL30 1BB

By train Direct services to Llandudno’s train station arrive from Blaenau Ffestiniog, Chester and Manchester; for all other services change at Llandudno Junction.

By bus Local buses stop on either Mostyn St or Gloddaeth St at the Palladium pub, while National Express buses from Chester, Bangor and Pwllheli stop at the Coach Park on Mostyn Broadway.

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This year we are able to offer a discounted rate to HWM2022 delegates on local accommodation. A link to the accommodation portal will be included in your confirmation email once a ticket has been purchased.

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Research posters

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

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Sponsorship opportunities

The annual Herpetofauna Workers Meeting is the foremost gathering for those involved in UK amphibian and reptile conservation. By sponsoring our conference 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 us via: [email protected] for more details.

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COVID-19 information from the venue

Hand Sanitisers - Hand Sanitising units can be found at all entrance points and throughout the venue. We encourage you to use these as you enter the building and whenever possible.

Contactless Payment - Contactless payment is available at all sales points.

Increased Cleaning - All auditorium, meeting rooms, front of house spaces and touchpoints are subject to rigorous cleaning and sanitising.

Ventilation - Where possible all windows will be open to circulate air. Our main ventilation system has been programmed to allow 100% fresh air intake. With this in mind the venue may be slightly cooler than usual so we suggest you bring an extra layer as a precaution.

Face coverings - Customers are no longer required to wear a face covering when visiting the venue, however patrons are still welcome to wear them if they feel more comfortable in doing so.

Covid Pass - Covid Passes or a negative Covid test result are NO longer a legal requirement for entry to the venue. We would however recommend if possible taking a lateral flow test before attending for the consideration of those around you.

Finally, we need you - We are asking for your help in keeping our staff and each other safe. Take your time, keep your distance where possible and most importantly if you are experiencing any of the identified Covid-19 symptoms it is very important you do not attend the conference / visit the venue.

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