LARG is a small but growing organisation dedicated to the mapping, study and conservation of our native reptiles and amphibians, and the recording of any non-native ‘escapees’ that may be found, especially within the London boundary.
It is affiliated to The Amphibian and Reptile Groups of the UK – a network of local groups – and LARG members attend the South East ARGs meetings as well as national conferences.
LARG is not yet large enough to run many events of its own across the capital, so it encourages members to do their own recording and submit data to Greenspace Information for Greater London – GIGL -(the London biodiversity records centre), and to help with surveying and habitat management events run by the national reptile and amphibian conservation organisations (Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, Froglife) and also local ‘Friends of’ groups where there is reptile and amphibian interest on their site.
Some LARG members in Bexley are also members of the neighbouring Kent Reptile and Amphibian Group, and there are other KRAG members in the Borough who joined that group before LARG was formed.
KRAG information, along with a number of useful resources to do with reptiles and amphibians, can be found at:
Both LARG and Kent Reptile and Amphibian Group members have been working on a reptile and amphibian survey of all 35 Bexley Council allotment sites since early in 2012, on behalf of Bexley Natural Environment Forum. This survey is being conducted as part of Bexley Council’s Biodiversity Action Plan.