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On this page you will find resources to help you carry out your NARRS surveys for the widespread amphibians and reptiles. Documents are available in pdf format for you to save and/or print.

The first step, if you haven’t done it already, is to Register for a NARRS Pahse 2 survey square or squares. Please contact the NARRS team if you want to discuss the suitability of the area you plan to survey.

However much experience in surveying you have, it’s important to familiarize yourself with the NARRS methods and survey forms before you start. This is so that all our surveys are comparable, and can be used over time to assess trends and inform conservation. You can also attend Training Events and go through the powerpoint presentations available on our Resources for Trainers page. We have also produced some handy sheets to help you with species identification:

NARRS AMPHIBIAN SURVEY PROTOCOL and  NARRS REPTILE SURVEY PROTOCOL

NARRS Amphibian and Reptile Surveys Protocol Summary Sheet

NARRS Amphibian Survey Form and NARRS Reptile Survey Form

AMPHIBIAN ID GUIDE and REPTILE ID GUIDE

GCN HABITAT SUITABILITY INDEX GUIDANCE and REPTILE HABITAT GUIDE

The next step is to scope out any ponds and/or reptile habitat in your survey site.  You can use this useful tool, developed by Surrey Amphibian and Reptile Group, to get an aerial photo, or use any of the on-line maps available (e.g. http://www.bnhs.co.uk/focuson/grabagridref/html/index.htm). You will also need the owner’s permission to gain access and survey. Here’s some advice to help you:

LANDOWNER LIAISON ADVICE SHEET

LANDOWNER INTRODUCTION LETTER 2016

Please also take a look at our advice on lone working and Health and Safety – the landowner might ask you if you’ve considered these things. Registered NARRS Surveyors can also sign and return a NARRS Volunteer Agreement. If you’re likely to encounter protected species (such as great crested newts) on your surveys, and have been trained by ARC staff (or attended another course covering NARRS techniques) you could be eligible for temporary accreditation to survey protected species. Please ask your trainer and/or contact the NARRS team direct for more information.

HEALTH & SAFETY INFORMATION

NARRS VOLUNTEER AGREEMENT

Refer to the protocols for guidance on when, and under what conditions, your surveys should be carried out. Please do contact us if you feel you need more advice!

The last (and very important) thing to do is to submit your results! You can send your paper forms to the NARRS team or, preferably, use the on-line forms available on this website. If you submit your data on-line, you’ll have the survey forms as a record of your surveys so far (or you can photocopy the paper ones you send in). It’s important to note that surveys with FEW or NO reptiles or amphibians ARE JUST AS IMPORTANT as those where you find lots! So please send in your results, whatever the results of your survey.

GOOD LUCK!


NARRS is led by Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (ARC) in partnership with ARG UK and many other partners. Through volunteer-based surveys, we aim to monitor the conservation status of all UK amphibian and reptile species. Click on the buttons or links to each side for more information.
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