Your amphibian and reptile records are needed now more than ever as a new distribution atlas for the county is currently being prepared by the Warwickshire Amphibian & Reptile Team (WART).
WART members hope to collect amphibian and reptile records from the public by the end of December 2016 in order to fill all data gaps to have a complete up-to-date distribution of the amphiibians and reptiles present in Vice County 38 (Warwickshire, Coventry, Solihull, Sutton Coldfield and adjoining area). The last atlas was published in 1998.
You can send your amphibian and reptile records to WART at firstname.lastname@example.org or enter them on-line using the new website Record Pool designed by the Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (ARC) and the Amphibian and Reptile Groups UK (ARG UK).
Please provide with each record the following details:
- Species name.
- Location with 6 or 8 or 10 figure grid reference where possible (e.g. SP435656) or nearest postcode N.B. You can use UK grid Reference Finder to get a grid reference.
- Full date when the species was seen.
- Name of recorder(s).
- Any additional comments e.g. species behaviour recorded, habitat, if photographed.
Owing to unconfirmed adder and palmate newt sightings, a photograph will be helpful to accompany any adder and palmate newt records. Records of common species, as well as of rare species and records also from the past, are needed as they may have never been added to the WART database.
Please submit your records by the end of December 2016 so they can be included in the new atlas. All records will be gratefully received!
To find out more about WART please see the attached leaflet.