8 years of SARE (Tracking of Amphibians and Reptiles of Spain) thanks to the Spanish Herpetological Association

If you are a member of the AHE you will have received by mail the last bulletin of the association, but if you are not a member, you should check it.  It is a special number of the bulletin dedicated to the SARE, the Tracking Program of Amphibians and Reptiles of Spain, that the Spanish Herpetological Association is carrying out since 2008. This program is one of the most ambitious initiatives of tracking the herpetofauna of Europe, based on the effort shared between the volunteers.

In this article, you can get the program's details and you can have an insight on how the SARE's tools work, very useful information if you are thinking of taking part.  You can also find in the bulletin a summary of the results for the amphibians and for the reptiles after the 8 years of operation of the program.  

On top of that, the bulletin has a very interesting section about other tracking programs, including the one that we been doing for the last 15 years in Peñalara or the one of the ferreret in Mallorca, among others.

Likewise, there is also information about the SARE’S coordinators and participants’experiences in the different regions.  Thanks to these testimonies we can know how grateful it can be to put a little bit of us in this program, helping to know the state of our herpetofauna in a national level.  We can take our colleague Tomás Navazo’s experience as an example:  

The experience is being great; I've been in Carabaña all my life and I partly knew the area’s herpetofauna.  Nevertheless, when I began this activity I never imagined that I could find such a special species like the blind shingle or Discoglossus galganoi.  It has been my first year of sampling and I hope to keep studying the species that are found and learning even more about my area.

cuadriculasUTM 10x10 km currently being followed by SARE program volunteers. If you do not have yours, participate!

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