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

Updated: 16.03.2021

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 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 safety advice when visiting our reserves.

Help us keep heathland wildlife 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

Limited volunteer tasks and survey activities are now returning in line with Government guidelines. Please visit our volunteer and surveyors page for more information.

Training courses

We are not running face-to-face training courses at the current time. 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

We are unable to run face to face events at the current time.  In some cases, these are being replaced by online alternatives. If you have an existing booking the coordinator will be in touch nearer the time to confirm what arrangements are in place. We will keep the situation under review, looking to reinstate these when government regulations permit and it is safe to do so.

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!