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FBH Doncaster Conference Saturday 23rd June 2018

Talks will include:
  • "Light and heat in the vivarium": Frances Baines & Roman Muryn Light and heat are two of the most important factors to think about when keeping reptiles and amphibians in captivity. The quality of the UV, the intensity of the visible light and the type of Infra Red heat are just a few of the vital questions that must be answered.
  • Frances Baines and Roman Muryn have been at the forefront of research into this vital area and both are well known to everyone who keeps reptiles and amphibians. Together their talk will cover the latest research and explain the intricacies of how we can provide the best conditions for captive reptiles and amphibians.
  • "Snake City; The story behind the program": Siouxie Gillet & Simon Keys National Geographic’s “Snake City” program has a massive following and the activities of Siouxie and Simon as they rescue and relocate venomous snakes in South Africa are avidly followed by their fans. Behind the scenes though they work hard to change perceptions of snakes in South Africa and educate local people to protect these fascinating animals. They will be telling us about their beginnings as keepers of venomous snakes in the UK, the story behind the “Snake City” program, and the work they do in South Africa. If you are a fan then this is a wonderful opportunity to get an insight into “Snake City”.
  • "Recent and future legislative changes in the UK and EU": Chris Newman Restrictions on the movement of newts and salamanders, new legislation regarding the sale of animals and the Non-Native Invasive Species regulations are just a few of the regulations that will start to affect keepers during 2018. Both the Federation of British Herpetologists (FBH) and the Reptile and Exotic Pet Trade Association (REPTA) work tirelessly to ensure that any new legislation is fair and reasonable and does not unfairly impact keepers and traders. Chris Newman chairs both of these organisations and is a well-known figure on the political circuit. Chris will be updating us on the possible impact of the new legislation and what you need to be aware of.
  • "Questions from the floor; what's important to you?" Each year we select a panel of well-known figures to give their opinions on a selection of questions presented from the floor. Although our session will be shorter this year (so we can fit in even more talks!) we will be discussing the questions that matter to you. This year we will be giving people the opportunity to post questions via Facebook before the day so look out for the post on our Facebook page nearer the time.
  • “Amphibian breeding projects at Newquay Zoo”: Gareth O’dare Zoo’s and hobbyists together for the backbone of captive breeding across the world. Newquay Zoo has a range of amphibian breeding projects running to help conserve these incredible animals. Gareth is a senior keeper at the Zoo with a long standing interest in amphibians. He oversees the zoo’s breeding programmes and will be joining us to tell us about the ongoing projects.
  • "Wild habitat to captive care, how to keep and breed Garter Snakes in captivity": Steven Bol If you have any interest in Garter Snakes at all then you will know the name Steven Bol. Undoubtedly one of the world’s leading authorities on keeping and breeding of this much underrated group of snakes, with many years’ experience of breeding some of the rarest species. Steven will be talking about his observations of wild habitats and how they can be reproduced in captivity to achieve breeding success. If you keep, or want to keep, any species of Garter then you must hear this talk!
  • "National Centre for Reptile Welfare.”: Chris Newman By the day of the conference the new “National Centre for Reptile Welfare” will be up and running. As a collaboration between “The Pet Charity” and Hadlow College the new NCRW will be a centre of excellence for research, education and rehoming unwanted pets. Chris returns, this time in the guise of a trustee of “The Pet Charity”, to tell us about the world leading NCRW. What it is and what will it do? How can hobbyists help?

  • Hello and Welcome

    Hello and Welcome to the website of the Federation of British Herpetologists (FBH), an organisation formed in 1995 to promote the interests of reptile and amphibian keepers. The FBH is an NGO (non-governmental organization) which supports and promotes the responsible keeping and study of reptiles and amphibians by private keepers in the United Kingdom. One of the principle roles of the FBH is to represent the interests of private keepers at a political level and engage with government, both local and central. We are also increasingly active at the European Commission, where decisions concerning the future of the hobby can have a serious impact on UK keepers.

    The FBH represented the interest of private keepers throughout the passage of the Animal Welfare Bill (now Act), sitting on several governmental Working Groups, and ultimately giving evidence to the Select Committee. In addition, the FBH engages with numerous other governmental and non-governmental working groups/committees in order to ensure that the best interests of hobbyists are met.

    The latest achievement has been the acceptance by government of our Good Practice Guidelines for Privately Owned Reptiles & Amphibians which underpins the Animal Welfare Act, 2006. This document was drawn up with the assistance of member clubs and societies, as well as welfare organisations and other interested parties, and was formally adopted on the 16th of March 2015. This is a major step forward in promoting responsible ownership of reptiles and amphibians and is the first such Code of Practice for private animal keepers to be adopted by government.

    For more information please refer to our About Us page.

    Kind Regards

    Chris Newman



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