Discovering Reptiles (funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund) aims to inspire people about our fantastic native reptiles and encourage people to record any reptile sightings on Froglife’s free Dragon Finder App.
Reptiles in the UK face a number of threats, including climate change, habitat loss and habitat fragmentation amongst others (you can read more on this here). The more records we have of reptile sightings, the more we can understand their population dynamics, helping to develop effective conservation strategies. Unfortunately, reptiles are massively under-recorded in the UK and there is very little public data available, and this is a big problem for reptiles.
Discovering Reptiles aims to tackle this problem by delivering training courses and webinars teaching participants all about reptile identification, ecology and survey techniques. We will support groups to carry out surveys and record their sightings using Froglife’s free and easy-to-use Dragon Finder App. Citizen science is a powerful tool for conservation and so we hope to get as many people involved as possible to improve reptile records in the UK. We will also be running our training courses with landowners and park management staff, with an additional focus on how they can better manage their land for reptiles.
So far we have delivered 40 training courses with 1150 participants, and 17 webinars with 731 participants.
Feedback from the training courses:
“It was really enlightening- especially as someone who didn’t grow up in the UK- I had no idea of the kinds of reptiles (aside from some frogs I had seen).”
“Thank you so much for running this course. I always feel my reptile knowledge is lacking and managing for reptiles is often over looked on nature reserves. These online courses are high quality, really accessible and easy to follow. Please do more! :)”
“This was a fascinating course and built on my existing knowledge of reptiles with some new facts. I loved all the pictures and it’s made me want to go out and do more practical action in this area.”
If you would like to learn more about the Discovering Reptiles project, please contact the project officer Mirran.Trimble@froglife.org. You can also find out more about our native reptiles here!
This project is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Thank you to all National Lottery players for making this possible.