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Natural England (NE)

Responsible for issuing great crested newt licences (England) that allow you to work legally with the species. They are interested in any information you might have on great crested newt colonies in your area. They produce a wide range of guidelines, handbooks, fact sheets, and leaflets relating to conservation issues and UK protected species, many are available as free downloads from their comprehensive website

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Countryside Council for Wales (CCW)

The Countryside Council for Wales takes the lead in providing the public and business with information and advice relating to countryside and wildlife issues in Wales. They are the agency responsible for the issue of protected species licences in Wales. The CCW website is comprehensive, detailed and informative.

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Scottish National Heritage (SNH)

Scottish National Heritage is the agency responsible for countryside and wildlife issues in Scotland. As part of their work they issue all the protected species licences for Scotland. The SNH website is interesting and informative.

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Amphibian and Reptile Groups of the United Kingdom (ARGs)

This organisation represents a growing number of local groups involved in a wide range of local and national reptile and amphibian conservation projects.

The ARG website will provide links to your local group and details of current projects. They are always pleased to hear from willing volunteers.

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Wildlife Trusts

A useful source of information and involved with a wide range of conservation issues and projects. Many of them run amphibian training days and organise voluntary working parties to work on wildlife reserves and restore local ponds. They are always glad to hear from potential new members and willing volunteers, to contact your local trust search for wildlife trusts on the internet. Links to the other trusts can be found on the Cheshire Wildlife Trusts website.

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Froglife

This organisation is involved in a wide range of amphibian conservation projects across the UK. They would be especially interested in any reports you have about unusual large-scale frog mortalities in your area. The froglife website is comprehensive, and their advice sheets and publications are interesting and informative.

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The British Herpetological Society

The British Herpetological Society is a learned society which undertakes conservation activities to benefit amphibians and reptiles, particularly British indigenous species. The Society is actively engaged in field studies and conservation management, and provides a platform for the open discussion of herpetology for scientists, conservationists and enthusiasts alike.

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The Herpetological Conservation Trust

The HCT is national charity that manages 80 nature reserves around the country. The trust focuses on the conservation of reptiles and amphibians through practical conservation management. They run training events and give advice on all aspects of reptile and amphibian conservation.

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Aqualife

Owned and run by David Hatter a passionate and knowledgeable advocate for our native pond and wetland plants. Newly opened to members of the public in 2006 this commercial nursery produces a wide variety of native pond and wetland plant species, available in large or small quantities wholesale, retail or grown to order for major conservation projects. The nursery provides a range of design construction and maintenance services, Domestic, Industrial, Commercial and Public. Always interesting and helpful David will happily give advice to phone and email callers and a warm welcome to visitors at the nursery.

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Landlife

Are a registered environment charity, working mainly in urban and urban fringe areas, to bring nature and people closer together. They grow and supply native wildflower seeds and plants in small and large quantities to anywhere in the UK mainland. They can help you to choose the right species for your site, give advice on how to prepare the soil and tips on managing your wildflower area successfully.

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