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

Updated: 14.10.2020

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.

ARC is following changes in government guidance closely. We regularly review where there may be opportunities to run some activities with additional modifications to ensure they comply with recommendations on minimising risk due to COVID-19. Activities will only be run, where it is safe to do so, as we must continue to put the health and safety of volunteers, staff and the public first.

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 the general public for recreation and enjoyment. 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, 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 government guidance, ARC is continuously reviewing its position on volunteer activities that were suspended in March.  We have restarted volunteer 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. Please also read our guidance for volunteers attending practical volunteer tasks before joining us on site.

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

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

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.

Thank you!