Amphibian and Reptile Groups of the UK
RAUK wins a prize!
Much to my surprise, this site was entered by someone unknown into the "Pets at Home" Reptile and Amphibian section of the Pawfection Awards. I have since been advised that we have been selected as the section winner. Below is the notification:-
"After much deliberation and sorting
through best pet advice sites on the internet, we are happy to
announce the winners of the Pets At Home Pawfection Award
This is obviously a great surprise and excellent news, particularly as it will help defer the costs of running the forum (not that Pets at Home sell anything for the forum, but they do sell supplies that we can use thus releasing money to pay for the website).
So, many thanks to whoever nominated us and, of course, to Pets at Home!
14 January 2013
I am pleased to say that I have now managed to recover ALL of the missing authors and threads following on from the attack on, and collapse of the original website.
Unfortunately, the database was so corrupted that it did not prove possible to import them into the new Forum. As a result you will now see a new menu option "Archived Forums". This leads to a basic snapshot of the forum as it was at 29th March 2011. It IS basic, there is no posting and navigation is somewhat simplified but hopefully fully usable.
I am particularly pleased as the "lost" members, and their posts, included people like David Bird and Caleb - long time valued contributors to the forum.
In due course some of the older topics (i.e. those without posts for the last 3+ years) will also be transferred to the new archive thus saving precious and expensive space on the new server.
Brief technical details (for the tech minded):-
The corruption of the old MS Access database led to a loss of data integrity which in turn meant that the table relationships were completely ineffective. While it is probably technically possible to restore the missing data to the new forum it was simply not practical. Accordingly the data was exported to MySQL and a new "read only" forum created reading that data using PHP.
The Whitsun Bank Holiday weekend saw the launch of Amphibian and Reptile Conservation's "Sliding Scales" campaign.
On their website they say "Snakes are as central to our natural history and as prominent in folklore as the water vole, badger or barn owl. Yet, unlike these species, snakes are maligned by many people. There is a general lack of awareness of the conservation needs of these species amongst landowners and members of the wider community. Persecution events still occur even though this practice is illegal. But the extent and significance of this is still largely unknown."
The purpose of this campaign is to raise the profile of these beautiful creatures, improve an understanding of them and their needs amongst the general public.
Click on the campaign logo above for more information.
New Guide to UK Reptiles and Amphibians
WILDguide publications have released an exciting new book about our native herpetofauna. Authored by Howard Inns, who many of you will know, it has probably the finest selection of photographs, including alien species, ever accumulated in a single volume. For more details click here for a Word leaflet or here for a PDF.
RAUK has sponsorship
RAUK would like, on behalf of all its members, to acknowledge the assistance
of Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (ARC)
and the Amphibian and Reptile Groups of the UK (ARG UK)
who have kindly sponsored this site.
These two key organisations recognise the importance of a totally independent
forum in which those interested in our herpetofauna in the field and its
conservation can freely exchange news, advice and opinions. As a result of their financial support, RAUK can now to look forward to
continuing, and growing, for the foreseeable future.
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Records are essential to the conservation of the UK's Reptiles & Amphibians
A record is a description of WHAT was seen, WHEN it was seen and WHERE. It is also useful to know WHO saw the animal so that we can follow up reports of endangered species and verify records.
On-line records submission form
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