Herefordshire Amphibian & Reptile Team

Welcome to the HART website

Learn about Amphibians and Reptiles

Help to conserve them and their habitats.

Herefordshire Amphibian and Reptile Team (HART) is dedicated to the conservation of amphibians and reptiles in Herefordshire. We aim to encourage people to learn about, protect and conserve these animals and their habitats. Our activities include recording the distribution and population size of amphibians and reptiles throughout Herefordshire, conservation work such as pond restoration, workshops and training days, talks and visits, providing advice on pond and habitat conservation and identifying threats to local habitats.

Send us your records

Please send us records of sightings of amphibians and reptiles in the county. Download a form which can be posted or emailed. Alternatively use one of the on-line recording forms on the Records page.

Ponds and Newts Heritage Network Project


A HART and Herefordshire Nature Trust Project

Discover your local ponds

Do you remember a nearby village pond?
Are you keen to know what is in your local pond?
Ponds are essential wildlife habitats but many have been lost over the years.

The Ponds and Newts Heritage Network Project aims to:

  • Educate people about pond life and to inspirethem to create their own ponds
  • Visit local schools providing pond awareness to pupils & teachers, encouraging children to connect to the outdoors through curriculum orientated activity pack
  • Map ponds both historic and present
  • Provide survey training and talks to local groups
  • Provide management and restoration advice

Discover why ponds were created and used in the past

What were ponds used for in the past?

  • Watering livestock, usually sited at the corners of fields.
  • Fish ponds or Stew ponds, where carp or eels were reared for the table in the Middle Ages. These are more common near monastery sites or manor houses.
  • Decoy or duck ponds, used to lure waterfowl for the table.
  • Droving ponds provided water for livestock on the way to market.
  • Ornamental ponds created for their aesthetic beauty, including moats, parkland and garden ponds.
  • Dewponds - artificial shallow, saucer shaped ponds sited on the tops of hills, fed by rain, dew or mist and used to water livestock.

We would like to know about the ponds in your area and map them.


We have already successfully completed three other major projects in the last eight years:
the Herefordshire Ponds and Newts Project, the Pond Celebration and Restoration Project and the What's That Snake Project.

Leaflets for each of the ponds restored in the Pond Restoration Project can be downloaded from the Project page.
Click here for reptile leaflets and a reptile resource pack from the What's That Snake? Project.

Amphibians and Reptiles of Herefordshire

BookIn 2006 HART produced a full colour guide to the amphibians and reptiles of the county and their status, based on the results of the three year Ponds and Newts Project and other surveys for reptiles and amphibians.

As well as the species accounts and distribution maps it includes background to the geology of the county, history of ponds and recording in the county, and conservation tips.


Feeding timeWe work closely with Herefordshire Nature Trust, Herefordshire Council, Amphibian & Reptile Conservation and other wildlife societies and groups.

The development of this website has been generously funded by grants from Malvern Hills AONB, Wye Valley AONB and Heritage Lottery Fund:

Malvern Hills AONB Wye Valley AONB HLF
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