The Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust (ARC) was established in June 2009. It was created around the core of the Herpetological Conservation Trust (HCT), in response to the wider needs of herpetofauna conservation, providing the UK focus for all aspects of reptile and amphibian conservation. Thus, ARC looks more broadly than the traditional focus on nature reserve management and rare species action plans and advocacy that had been the main reason for HCT’s formation in 1989. The creation of ARC was more than a rebranding exercise – it was established following extensive discussions with other organisations who had expressed a desire to work with and support the aims of the new charity.

In the UK, Overseas Territories and Europe, ARC is committed to ensuring that new legislation and policy-decisions fit the needs of wildlife, particularly amphibians and reptiles. It works towards influencing policy relating to agriculture, habitat conservation, wise water-use and planning. While being based in the UK, ARC has a global remit. Its main area of interest outside of the UK is promoting reptile and amphibian conservation in Europe and the UK's Overseas Territories and Crown Dependencies.

The critically endangered Bermuda skink Plestiodon longirostris (Photo: Paul Edgar)
The critically endangered Bermuda skink Plestiodon longirostris Copyright: Paul Edgar/ARC

ARC has undertaken work in the UK Crown Dependencies. This has included a great deal of work in Jersey: surveying and monitoring species, habitat management work and providing conservation advice for the agile frog and green lizard; supporting the development of the action plan for the agile frog, making good links with Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, and promoting survey through the National Amphibian and Reptile Survey on Jersey and the Isle of Man. ARC also produced a draft Action Plan for the Bermuda skink Plestiodon longirostris and has attended four of our organised conferences.

Male western green lizard Lacerta bilineata, L’Ouaisné Common, Jersey Photograph- Paul Edgar
Male western green lizard Lacerta bilineata, L’Ouaisné Common, Jersey; Copyright: Paul Edgar/ARC

With the financial support of the Joint Nature Conservation Committee, the ARC initiated a complete species inventory and overview of conservation and research priorities for the amphibians and reptiles in the territories. A working document was produced in March 2009 and is available here.

For more information on their overseas work

Contact: Dr Tony Gent