Introducing the Amphibian and Reptile Group of South Lancashire

The Amphibian and Reptile Group of South Lancashire  {ARGSL} exists to promote the conservation of amphibians and reptiles in Lancashire and Greater Manchester both situated in the north west of England. they achieve this in a variety of ways.

ARGSL are always happy to work with other groups that share the same general conservation objectives, so if you are part of another organisation and feel that you could benefit by working together in partnership, they would be delighted to hear from you. { A direct link to the ARGSL website can be found by clicking on the Links banner on the right hand side of this page}

The ARGSL are involved with all aspects of conservation work that affect amphibians and reptiles, an example of this is the "  North West Slow worm Hunt" . The ARGSL was awarded a grant by the "Awards for All"-The National Lottery Grants Scheme, for this project.


The slow-worm is neither a snake or a worm it is in fact a type of legless lizard.

Photograph courtesy of Jonas Bergsten

Slow-worm is it such a rarity  in the north west?

In common with other reptiles the slow worm is a comparatively rare creature in this part of the country but they do occur in the north west of England and may be they are  a little more numerous than we think, due to their elusive nature and by the fact that many sightings may not be reported. Thus the project aims to answer these questions. If you would like to report a sighting of a slow-worm , which will help to map out their distribution, an opportunity to print out a ARGSL Record Form can be found on their web site.

The Chair of the ARGSL is David Orchard  who is also involved in other conservation projects such as the Million Ponds Project and L.A.R.A  The Lancashire Amphibian and Reptile Atlas project.

The Million Ponds Project is an admirable project aiming to create an extensive network  of new ponds across the UK. Ultimately the aim is to reverse a century of pond loss, ensuring that once again the UK has over a million countryside ponds. Phase 1 of the project runs from 2008 to2012 and aims to create the first 5000 clean water ponds in England and Wales. Around a quarter of the ponds will be targeted to support some of the 80+ pond species that are  National Priority  of Conservation Concern Under the UK Biodiversity Action Plan {BAP}, such as the great crested newt. David is the Ponds project Officer, where co-ordinates and manages the amphibian and reptile parts of the Project.

Great crested newts are a UK BAP species


David is also involved with LARA the Lancashire Amphibian and Reptile Atlas project. The aims of which are to support and encourage the recording of  amphibians and reptiles in Lancashire, Greater Manchester and Merseyside.

To promote recording in areas that are currently unrecorded such as north and east Lancashire.

For much more details visit the ARGSL website.



As Chair of the ARGSL David Orchard has an excellent back up team and a loyal and dedicated membership who under their guidance are involved in many aspects of  conservation work.

The site contains pages that include -----


Other projects



Recording and how to become a member of this excellent conservation group.


Vice Chair--Lorna Bousfield

Treasurer Denis Dowsell

ARGSL-Records Data Base Manager, Dr Lee Brady.

Funding Advisor--Margaret keighley.


 Anyone interested in reptiles and/or amphibians must take a look at this excellent site you will not be disappointed.





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