11 November 2011

Adder Themed Meeting in the South East

Fancy finding out more about Adders and the latest work to help conserve them? Kent Amphibian and Reptile Group are hosting the South-East England regional ARG conference on the 19th November at the University of Greenwich Medway campus. The UK’s only venomous snake, subject of Froglife's Spring 2011 newsletter, will be the theme of the day.

“There will be various speakers and discussions on Adder conservation,” says Jo Richards, from the Kent ARG. “Lunch, teas and coffees are provided in the ticket price which is £10 for ARG members and £20 for non members. The more people that can attend, the more can be learned and discussed!”
An Adder, with distinctive zig-zag markings
Adders have been in the nature news headlines recently due to serious concerns about the survival of small, isolated populations of the animals. There is also ongoing research to monitor Adders for potential genetic problems. The conference will cover include presentations on the issues facing the stunning reptiles from by speakers from the South East, as well as France and Switzerland.
You can help protect Adders and other reptiles through Froglife's new Sponsor a Species gifts.  For just £10 you can Sponsor a Snake  - find out more here.

Photo: Jules Howard

9 November 2011

Inform Our Future and Enter a Prize Draw

Froglife is asking Croak readers, volunteers, Froglife Friends, Facebook Friends and Twitter followers to help improve our services by completing a short survey. Anyone sharing what they would like to see more of from Froglife via the Supporters Survey will also be entered into a draw for a Froglife goody bag.

Share your thoughts to enter a draw to win a Froglife bag packed with goodies!
“We’re really keen to know what people think about our publications and online presence so that we can keep improving,” explains Sam Taylor, Froglife’s Communications Coordinator. “We had a big rebrand in Summer 2010, and the survey asks what you think of the new-look publications and website, your involvement with Froglife so far, and what you’d like to see more of.”

So, if you’d like to read more stories about amphibians and reptiles across the world or learn more about policies and science, now is the time to tell us! Perhaps you think our Natterchat magazine should only be available online, or that these Croaks are too long? Whatever your views, we’d love to hear from you.

The Froglife Supporters Survey will only take a few minutes and you’ll be in with a chance of winning a froggy Christmas present!” adds Sam. “It’s crucial for us that the things we do meet the needs of our supporters, so please take a moment to help inform our future.”
Our Froglife Friends provide vital support for our work saving animals, habitats and changing people’s lives. You can become part of our mission by signing up as a Froglife Friend here.

7 November 2011

Tune in to our Gilbert and Sullivan Raffle

This week sees the launch of a Froglife Raffle being held with the support of the Grim’s Dyke Hotel and the Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company.

Over the next 6 weeks we will be selling raffle tickets for just £2 through our website and at the colourful music events run by the Gilbert and Sullivan Opera Company at the Grim’s Dyke Hotel.
The beautiful Grim's Dyke hotel, where Froglife has helped with pond restoration
The lake on the hotel grounds was built by Sir William Gilbert in the 1890’s and plays in important part in Gilbert’s history.  On the 29th of May 1911, he suffered a heart attack and died whilst attempting to save one of his guests who had got into trouble whilst swimming.

The remnants of this historic boating lake were surveyed and found to support Great Crested Newts by Froglife’s Great Crested Newt Revisited project (funded by the SITA Trust) and local volunteers. 

We have some wonderful raffle prizes for your £2 ticket that have been very generously donated:

- An opera package with the Grim's Dyke Country Hotel in London
- A family ticket on a fantastic amphibious bus with the London Duck Tours
- Entry for two for Hampton Court Palace
- Entry for two at London Zoo or Whipsnade thanks to the Zoological Society of London
- Two tickets for a produciton at the Harrow Arts Centre thanks to Harrow Council
- Two tickets for Kew Royal Botanic Gardens

The draw for the raffle will be at the hotel on New Year’s Eve and the funds will help to support our work protecting wildlife and habitats, and life-changing education projects.

With fantastic prizes and a better chance of winning then the lottery, why not take a flutter on this fantastic raffle? Tickets are £2 each and available at the Froglife website here , from reception at the Grim's Dyke Hotel, or by calling the Froglife office on 01733 558844