Discovering Reptiles is Froglife’s new National Lottery Heritage funded project, focusing on inspiring people about our native widespread reptiles and increasing public engagement through Froglife’s free Dragon Finder App.
Through workshops, both online and in person, we aim to enhance participants’ knowledge and understanding of reptile identification, ecology and survey techniques and to encourage people to visit local public green spaces to survey for reptiles. We will collate feedback from training sessions and collate records of reptiles that people submit on our Dragon Finder app.
We have so far delivered over 30 workshops and webinars reaching over 1000 particpants.
We also work with landowners and park management staff to enhance the knowledge and understanding of reptiles as well as provide training on effective habitat management. The aim is to provide landowners, staff and volunteers with the skills to manage their parks for reptiles and also carry out surveys and collect data.
Working with partners throughout the UK we have provided over 250 high quality reptile artifical cover objects, and plan to provide over 400 more.
Feedback from the training workshops:
“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 Ben.Harris@froglife.org.
This project is funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Thank you to all National Lottery players for making this possible.