Amphibian and Reptile Conservation's latest statement on Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Updated: 03.06.2020

The welfare of our staff and supporters is essential and in the light of the government’s advice on coronavirus (COVID-19) our offices are currently closed. However, we remain committed to the conservation of reptiles and amphibians. Our work continues, though we are now working differently to ensure we play our part in responding to the threat posed by COVID-19. We continue to be contactable individually via e-mail or mobile and social media (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram). Otherwise please call 01202 391319 to leave a message.

Visiting ARC Reserves

ARC appreciates the wide range of benefits that visits to the countryside, including your local nature reserve, can have for our collective well-being especially during these difficult and worrying times.

Our reserves remain open for the use of local residents and dog walkers. We would like to keep it that way, so our team request that you ensure your own safety and that of others by adhering to Government social distancing guidelines when visiting our reserves.

This is a critical time of the year for heathland wildlife, in particular breeding birds, reptiles and amphibians; so please help us to keep them safe! As custodians of your local wildlife help to look after what gives ARC reserves their unique character by keeping dogs on leads and respecting The Countryside Code

Volunteers and surveyors

In response to further government guidance, including the lowering of the UK alert level to 3, ARC is reviewing its position on volunteer activities that were suspended in March.  We are reviewing opportunities to restart some activities, where it is safe to do so, as we must continue to put the health and safety of volunteers, staff and the public first.  Practical volunteer tasks are being considered on a case by case basis in line with Government guidance.  Most of our surveys have now restarted, with some modifications to reflect the present situation and the various devolved country government positions.  Please read our guidance for volunteer surveyors for further information about individual surveys and projects during the current restrictions.

Training courses

In the light of government advice on coronavirus (COVID-19), we have cancelled our up-coming face- to-face training courses to maintain social distancing. We have however created a new series of free, introductory training modules for anyone with an interest in amphibians and reptiles. It’s a great way to increase your knowledge of herpetology, at a pace and time that suits you.

Public events

In response to the lowering of the UK alert level to 3 and other government guidance, ARC is planning for the re-start some outdoor events.  Events are being considered on a case by case basis and will only be run where we are confident that they can be made to comply with Government guidance.  Please watch our public events  page for further details.

We need your help

Due to the current restrictions our site staff are unable to visit reserves other than in emergencies so we need your assistance! Please remain observant and report any fires or activities that you think may lead to fires please dial 999 – Support from local residents has always been an important part of looking after ARC reserves and we are relying on you now more than ever to be our eyes and ears on the ground.

Stay in touch!