ARC has just published a NARRS (National Amphibian and Reptile Recording Scheme) research report covering its interim results of widespread species surveys 2007 - 2009. This report shows occupancy rates for both reptiles and amphibians across the UK. It shows the adder to be our rarest widespread reptile by far and may be the first real evidence for declines in adder populations that have long been suspected.
Unsurprisingly the south is the most species-rich of them all, with Wales and Central England having the lowest species richness for amphibians and Northern England having the lowest species richness for reptiles.
ARC plans to build on these results over the next years to create the first ever baseline dataset on Britain's widespread amphibians and reptiles!
A big thank you to all of our NARRS recorders and if you are interested in getting involved we would love to hear from you - please see our website - www.arc-trust.org
The NARRS report is available to download from the ARC website - see Resources.Latest Documents or click here to get your copy.