**Please note, this is a hosted webpage. Please use contact details given below for enquiries regarding amphibians and reptiles.**

Gwent Amphibian & Reptile Group (GARG)


GARG logo

The Gwent Amphibian & Reptile Group covers the Unitary Authorities of Cardiff, Newport, Caerphilly, Blaenau Gwent, Torfaen and Monmouthshire; Rhondda Cynon Taf and Merthyr Tydfil have recently been included within the group's geographical coverage. GARG is affiliated to ARG-UK.

The group's objectives are:

  • To promote the conservation of all native species of amphibian and reptiles and their habitats.
  • To establish and monitor the distribution and status of amphibians and reptiles in the GARG area, including colonies of introduced species.
  • To liaise with and provide advice on amphibians and reptiles and the management of their habitats to all relevant statutory and non statutory organisations and agencies and the general public.
  • To foster an interest in amphibians and reptiles and their conservation and to develop the skills of those interested in these species.


If you are interested in joining, please complete & return the membership form to gwentarg @ hotmail.co.uk (remove spaces). For insurance purposes, we also require volunteers to complete and return this Volunteer Working Agreement form.


Contact us

If you are interested in joining, please complete & return the membership form as above. For all gwentarg at hotmail.co.ukother enquiries, please contact:


GARG Committee

Chair: Colin Williams

Vice Chair & Treasurer: Sarah Simons

Secretaries: Claire Pooley (events), Holly Lewis (education)

Area Representatives:

  • Blaenau Gwent: Katie Partington
  • Caerphilly: Maggie Iles
  • Cardiff: Holly Lewis
  • Merthyr Tydfil: tbc
  • Monmouthshire: Abbey Sanders
  • Newport: David Price
  • Rhondda Cynon Taff: Rebecca East
  • Torfaen: Sarah Simons


GARG Meetings

Meetings are held regularly, at various locations throughout the GARG region. Minutes are available to download:

GARG Minutes - Tuesday 24th August 2010

GARG Minutes - Thursday 6th May 2010

GARG Minutes - Monday 8th February 2010

GARG Minutes - Thursday 29th October 2009

GARG Minutes - Thursday 26th February 2009

GARG Minutes - Tuesday 10th June 2008

GARG Minutes - Thursday 6th March 2008

GARG Minutes - Thursday 31st January 2008


Public Events

2015 events are yet to be announced.

Listed in the table below are all the planned surveys, field visits and events for GARG in the year. If you are interested in attending any of the dates, or could volunteer your time to run a stall at a partnership event, please contact the relevant leader to book a place (restrictions to number may apply in some cases).
Purpose/Event Date Times Location Contact
AGM 29/04/15 6.30pm Aberbargoed Grasslands gwentarg@hotmail.co.uk


GARG Field Events

Unless specified otherwise, please contact the named individuals below via email:gwentarg at hotmail.co.ukGARG volunteers


Toad Patrol

Bufo bufoThere are organised toad patrols at several road-crossing points in Newport, Caerphilly and Monmouthshire. If you know of any additional sites which could benefit from a toad patrol during the spring, please let us know, or report it via Froglife. This activity is weather dependent, as the toads will tend to migrate once the cold weather breaks in spring, and we have a mild, damp spell. Dates will be confirmed once the toads are on the move! Hi-vis jackets are provided, courtesy of Capita Symonds.


Trellech Reptile Monitoring ProjectAdders at Trellech

2011 was the sixth year of the project to monitor reptiles on Forestry Commission land which has been clear-felled and is being restored to heathland. The site is generally surveyed twice a month in spring, decreasing to just once a month in the summer, but the frequency of visits can be increased to accommodate a greater number of volunteers.


Biological Recording

If you have seen any reptiles or amphibians (native or not!) in South East Wales, please submit your records to us. You can do this using SEWBReCORD. Remember, we are interested in all records, even frogspawn! The UK BAP Priority Species list now includes most of our native herptiles.

The herpetofauna website has some good identification information, as does the NARRS website in its downloadable survey packs.



GARG can coordinate training for volunteers as required; please speak to Colin Williams if you are interested.