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 December 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. 


0930-1000        Arrival, registration and coffee

1000-1005        Welcome: Prof. Richard Griffiths, BHS President

1005-1030        Solving the detection error problem: a great crested newt case study using o
                           ccupancy modelling – Paul Furnborough, North East Wales Wildlife

1030-1055        The New Forest Smooth Snake Survey (NF-SSS…) – Ben Limburn, ARC

1055-1120        Re-assessment of priority amphibians in Peru – Laurence Jarvis, IUCN & Epping
                            Forest Field Centre

1120-1200        Coffee

1205-1230        Investigating putative non-native grass snakes – Anthony von Plettenberg Laing,
                           Bangor University & BHS

1230-1255        Population study of Morelet's crocodile (Crocodylus moreletii) in the Laguna del
                          Tigre National Park, Guatemala – Chloe Lewis, University of Southampton &
                            Indigo Expeditions

1255-1320        Ranavirus UK : Investigating the impact of Ranavirus on UK amphibian
                           populations with the help of Citizen Scientists – Lewis Campbell, University of
                             Exeter & ZSL Institute of Zoology

1320-1445        Lunch

1450-1515        Influences on great crested newt environmental DNA – Andrew Buxton, DICE,
                            University of Kent

1515-1540        Can hybridisation explain venom evolution in rattlesnakes? – Wolfgang Wüster,
                            Bangor University

1540-1615        How much effort is needed to detect population changes in amphibians? A test
                           using a bromeliad-inhabiting frog - Bela Barata, DICE, University of Kent

1615-1700        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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Payments are non-refundable after Friday 11th November

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