ARC Members Area

Welcome to the new 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 3rd December 2022. 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. 

Early booking for the meeting is advised as spaces are limited to reduce crowding. In the unlikely event we need to move the event online due e.g. to changing health advice, the cost will reduce to £15 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!


09:30-10:00 Arrival, registration and coffee
10:00-10:05 Welcome – Prof Richard Griffiths, ARC Trustee

Unravelling the invasion history of the alpine newt Ichthyosaura alpestris and the amphibian pathogen Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in the UK - Rachel Hester, University College London


An analysis of the distribution of native and non-native snake species in the Maltese Islands - Ellie Dobbs, DICE, University of Kent


Evidence for rapid adaptation of thermal performance of invasive Xenopus laevis tadpoles - Natasha Kruger, University of Wolverhampton

11:20-12:00  Coffee

A landscape assessment of habitat suitability and connectivity for Britain’s rarest lizard, Lacerta agilis, in southern England – James Barton, University of Southampton


Long-term population ecology of great crested newts, Triturus cristatus, on the University of Kent campus – Thomas S. Fry, DICE, University of Kent


Assessing the causes of population crashes in the common toad, Bufo bufo – Rémi Martin, University of Wolverhampton

13:20-14:45 Lunch

Comparison of scale anomalies in adder Vipera berus populations differing in size and levels of habitat fragmentation - Bristol Rigby, DICE, University of Kent


Investigating the effects of habitat fragmentation on amphibians in Madagascar’s Central Highlands – Kat Mullin, Cardiff University

15:45-16:15 Raffle, 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 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 25th November
Payments are non-refundable after Friday 11th November

Booking for this event has now closed.