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Jim Foster
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Posted: 10 Oct 2010

Reptile Habitat Management Handbook - out now!

Everyone needs a good read now that it's too cold for surveys, and we have the perfect thing! The "Reptile Habitat Management Handbook" has just been published. It's aimed at site managers, and those who advise on habitat management, and gives plenty of guidance aimed at improving the status of snakes and lizards.

Some forum members kindly gave us ideas and photos when we started writing this - many thanks, and we hope that you'll find it useful. The book was published by ARC, with part-funding from Natural England and the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation. Full details are: Edgar, P., Foster, J. & Baker, J. (2010). Reptile Habitat Management Handbook. Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, Bournemouth. ISBN 978-0-9566717-0-7.

Over the winter, we'll be running a jointly funded (Amphibian and Reptile Conservation and Natural England) series of training workshops for habitat managers. The aim will be to get the main messages out to those who are interested to learn more about incorporating reptile needs into site management. This is aimed at generalist site managers rather than those who already have a reptile focus to their work. We feel that just producing the handbook is only a start; real benefits for reptiles will need persistent promotion of the guidance and follow-up work, hence the workshops.

 

How do you get a copy?

One could be in the post to you already! Over the next couple of weeks, Amphibian and Reptile Conservation are doing a mass mail-out to a wide range of organisations working on habitat management.  Everyone who contributed a photo that was used in the final version will also get a copy soon.

You can see a low resolution PDF version at: http://www.argukjb.org.uk/Downloads/RHMH%20LowRes.pdf

A high resolution version will be up soon at the ARC website: www.arc-trust.org

To get a free copy you can turn up to one of the conferences over the winter (eg ARC/BHS Scientific Meeting on 5 December), where there will be copies available. You can also request a copy directly from ARC - email enquiries@arc-trust.org or tel 01202 391319 (cost 3.00 to cover postage and handling; please enquire for bulk order costs).

 

How can forum members help?

Two ways spring to mind:

(a)  By telling site managers and land managing organisations in your local patch about the handbook. Use its guidance to help enhance management for reptiles on sites that you visit, where necessary.

(b)  By letting us have feedback on both format and content; anything missing, or advice that you think could be improved? The handbook gives a feedback email for this so that we can keep all your comments together.

Jim


Jim Foster. Reptile & amphibian specialist, Natural England.
sussexecology
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Posted: 10 Oct 2010

Thanks Jim for this info.

We would certainly be interested in receiving a copy. Please could you forward a copy to Hetty Wakeford at Sussex Ecology, since she is one who is mainly working on reptiles. I know that she does surveys for the NARRS scheme too (if that's any help). Willing to send in a donation, if you need payment for this.

I'll  have a chat with her and see if it is possible that she could pick up a copy from one of the conferences - if it is not possible to send over.

Our address is 49-51 East Road, Old Street, London N1 6AH or via email at sussexecology@hotmail.co.uk.

We would also be interested in any training courses as Sussex Ecology is always interested in attending training courses and conferences etc.

Many thanks

Robert


GemmaJF
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Posted: 11 Oct 2010
I've only had time for a quick scan through but this is a much needed and very comprehensive publication.

Gemma Fairchild, Independent Ecological Consultant
Jim Foster
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Posted: 11 Oct 2010

Robert:

- It's best if you get in touch with ARC (details as per my post) to get a copy. They are handling the distribution and will be pleased to send you one. Indeed, all my copies have gone already!

- Regarding your company attending training: Thanks for your interest. This may be possible, though we want to give first refusal to generalist habitat managers (Wildlife Trusts, Local Authorities, Natural England staff etc). To us, this seems to be the primary "audience", since we want to influence land management that may currently not consider reptiles, across a wide area. Once that audience has had a chance to attend, we'll offer any remaining places to others. I hope you'll appreciate this. Again, ARC will be the main contact as they'll be delivering the courses, though we (NE) will be advising.

Gemma: Many thanks. Hope you like it!

Jim


Jim Foster. Reptile & amphibian specialist, Natural England.
sussexecology
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Posted: 12 Oct 2010

 

Thanks JIm

Fully appreciate your comments regarding the training.

Robert


Matt Harris
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Posted: 14 Oct 2010
I see NE has avoided the chop - for now:

"Retain and substantially reform - Reform through structural, process and cultural change to become a more efficient and customer focused organisation; and clarify accountabilities. Further announcements after the spending review"
Gwent Amphibian and Reptile Group (GARG)
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Posted: 27 Oct 2010

Jim, I just wanted to say a big thank you for producing this handbook. I haven't read all of it yet but I'm really impressed with what I've read so far.





herpetologic2
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Posted: 31 Oct 2010


Habitat Management done - next Reptile Mitigation Handbook!


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