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Reptiles & amphibians

The Society does not have a group dedicated to herpetology but we do work alongside the North East Reptile and Amphibian Group (NERAG). If you are not already a member of that group and would like to join them (it’s free) then you can contact them at

Adder, Upper Coquet Valley © Paul Drummond

In 2012 NHSN published “Mammals, Amphibians and Reptiles of the North East“. This book provides an account of the current and historic status of all the amphibian and reptile species found in the northeast of England. You can use the links below to read these accounts or you can purchase a copy:

Introduction to amphibians by John Durkin

Common Frog Rana temporaria by John Durkin

Common Toad Bufo bufo by John Durkin

Great Crested Newt Triturus cristatus by John Durkin

Smooth Newt Lissotriton vulgaris by John Durkin

Palmate Newt Lissotriton helveticus by John Durkin

Alpine Newt Ichthyosaura alpestris by Ian Bond

Introduction to reptiles by John Durkin

Common Lizard Zootoca vivipara by John Durkin

Slow Worm Anguis fragilis by John Durkin

Adder Vipera berus by John Durkin

Grass Snake Natrix natrix by Terry Coult