Thursday, 16 September 2010
National Amphibian and Reptile Recording Scheme
NARRS is a national wildlife-monitoring project to measure trends in the conservation status of all UK species of frog, toad, newt, lizard, snake, turtle and terrapin.
It will rely upon the efforts of many trained volunteers, but also the help of the general public taking part in recording campaigns.
NARRS is currently being developed by The Herpetological Conservation Trust (the HCT) in partnership with many other organisations.
We aim to implement national roll-out of the surveys and monitoring programmes in 2007.
Voluntary surveyors will be recruited from the Amphibian and Reptile Groups of the UK, but also from other networks and organisations. Volunteers will be trained in field recording techniques and protocols, and will be given sites to survey. These will include a sample of randomly selected sites, but probably also local authority and wildlife trust nature reserves.
People will also be able to get involved in other ways by contributing to other mass participation campaigns that will be launched from time to time; for example, recording amphibians and reptiles in their gardens and allotments, and through school and community projects.
NARRS aims to raise awareness and appreciation of amphibians and reptiles, by providing education and memorable experiences for all who take part. In turn, we hope that this will benefit the conservation of amphibians, reptiles, and their habitats