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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
The Herpetological Conservation
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.
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.
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.