ARC Members Area

Welcome to the ARC Members Area!

We have created this exclusive area on the ARC website just for our ARC Members. The members pages will only be visible to ARC Members who are logged in to the website (log in via the link at the top of this page). Don't forget to activate your access by following the instructions in you confirmation email or joining letter.

The Members Area includes a new look ARC nature reserves section with an interactive map, a resources library and news and events section. Take a look around and let us know what you think via [email protected] 

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The Joint Scientific Meeting run by ARC and the British Herpetological Society (BHS) will be held in person at the Bournemouth Natural Science Society museum on Saturday 25th November 2023. This is a very popular one day conference with science and research based presentations from the UK and overseas. Highlights this year include talks on invasive species (in Florida and the UK), climate change impacts, the trade in wild herpetofauna and international perspectives on conservation herpetology from Canada and India! The day ends with a raffle which raises funds for various great herpetofauna related causes. Apt raffle prizes are very welcome.

In the unlikely event we need to move the event online due e.g. to changing health advice, the cost will reduce to £18 per person and the meeting will take place on Zoom, but we know many people are looking forward to meeting in person!

We look forward to seeing old and new faces at what promises to be an interesting and enjoyable meeting!



Arrival, registration and coffee


Welcome John Wilkinson, ARC Science Programmes Manager


Invasion biology of the tokay gecko in southern Florida Tommy Fieldsend, Florida International University


100 years of alpine newts in the UK - so what?Sarah Ball, Institute of Zoology




Malagasy amphibiansAngus Carpenter, University of Cumbria


The heat is on! Mild winter temperatures can benefit hibernating wall lizards Miary Raselimanana, Bangor University


The axolotl Goldilocks zone: The evolution of neoteny in Ambystoma – Thom Lyons, Swansea University




A 20-year tale of herpetofaunal conservation in Canada's arid desert Sara Ashpole, St. Lawrence University, New York and co-Chair, Amphibian Specialist Group Canada


Adventures in Indian herpetology including the description of a new species of GloydiusStuart Graham, Bangor University and Ecoloyia


Raffle, Coffee and departure 



On FRIDAY 24 November 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 attending. Details of arrangements for the meal, including venue, prices and payment arrangements will be sent to registered attendees only shortly after registration closes. Meal places are limited to around 30 people. Please email [email protected] 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 07810 770560 or [email protected].

Click here for Parking and Accommodation information

Registration closes 5pm Friday 17th November 
Payments are non-refundable after Friday 10th November

Thank you to our sponsors:

Booking for this event has now closed.