The UK's two main herpetofauna charities - Froglife and The Herpetological Conservation Trust (the HCT) - have today merged to form a single new charity called 'Amphibian and Reptile Conservation’. Traditionally, Froglife focused its efforts on awareness and public campaigns, whereas the HCT's emphasis was on rare species conservation and managing 80 nature reserves.

The Dorset Amphibian and Reptile Network (DARN) is a communication and action network set up to further the conservation of native amphibians and reptiles in the county of Dorset. Membership is by inclusion on an email circulation list, and the group is run by volunteers.

After a very successful 'Reptile survey skills' training course attended by eleven ecology professionals yesterday, CGO Ecology is taking bookings for bespoke training courses this summer and autumn to meet your needs. Whether you need basic amphibian and reptile identification and survey training for your staff, or more detailed workshops on professional standards and specific issues, we are able to help. Please contact Chris Gleed-Owen on 01202 950411, 07846 137346 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

CGO Ecology has been commissioned by Dorset County Council to carry out a reptile survey of the A338 Spur Road north of Bournemouth, Dorset. The 8.5 km road will be subject to a £27-million 'rebuild' over the next two years, with barrier upgrades and verge drainage renewal.

CGO Ecology is currently accepting work to fill its 2009 calendar. Despite the recession, we are filling our immediate calendar quite nicely and welcome prospective clients to help us fill the rest of the year. Please email Chris Gleed-Owen This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 07846 137346 to discuss your requirements and/or receive competitive quotes and advice (without prejudice).