Resources for Surveyors
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
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
through the powerpoint presentations available on our
Resources for Trainers
We have also produced some handy sheets to help you with species
NARRS AMPHIBIAN SURVEY PROTOCOL
NARRS REPTILE SURVEY PROTOCOL
Amphibian and Reptile Surveys Protocol Summary Sheet
Amphibian Survey Form
Reptile Survey Form
AMPHIBIAN ID GUIDE
GCN HABITAT SUITABILITY
The next step is to scope out any ponds and/or reptile habitat in your
survey site. You can use this useful
, developed by Surrey Amphibian and Reptile
Group, to get an aerial photo, or use any of the on-line maps available
You will also need the owner’s permission to gain access and survey. Here’s
some advice to help you:
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
for more information.
& 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
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
or, preferably, use the
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.
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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