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About us

The NWRC is the UK's North West Branch of the International Herpetological Society (IHS). We are based in Lancashire and welcome members of all ages from throughout the North West of England.  

The club meets regularly and is involved in a variety of activities based around developing an interest in reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates, plus spreading awareness of the commitment that the care of these animals require.


Besides our frequent events, we invite professional speakers from the Herpetological and Entomological community and arrange visits to places of interest within the North West.


Many of our members have a wide range of experience in maintaining different species and bring their animals to events to stimulate interest and understanding of these wonderful creatures as well as providing advice on their care.

If you are interested in reptiles, amphibians or invertebrates and live within the area, you may want to come along and join the NWRC and support our work. 

The club is available for bookings for public events as well as being able to provide educational displays by arrangement with schools and other organisations. 

Please contact us, we would love to hear from you! 


The North West Reptile Club was established in 2002, having previously been known as the North West Herpetological Society. It ran successfully until 2006 when funding and problems with previously supportive members left the future of the club hanging in the balance.

Thanks to the efforts of three newly appointed committee members, Sarah Hesketh, Anne Nadin and Nikki Whalley, the club survived. The committee, not wishing to give up on the club, put their hands in their own pockets and opened a bank account in the club's name and set about the task of generating funding for the club.

In 2008, the NWRC was invited by Myerscough College, Preston, to exhibit at Witton Country Park's open day. The committee brought as many animals as possible with them to the show and with the invaluable help and support of those around them to assist, both the animals and fundraising at the show were a great success.

Since 2008, the NWRC has continued to attend a variety of similar events with their animals in an effort to further the public's understanding of these amazing creatures. Having successfully come back from practically nothing, thanks to the dedication and vision of Sarah, Nikki and Anne, the club has gained many new members and friends along the way.

Their hope is that the club will continue to educate people about reptiles and amphibians and that it will continue to succeed and grow from strength to strength.  This can only be achieved through the help and support of its members and the participating organisations that support it, including Martin Mere Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, who kindly provided their meeting venue for many years and Brockholes Nature Reserve who currently provide the meeting room.

Please feel free to attend one our events and meet some of our animals. You’ll find out why we exist and how together we can make difference.  We look forward to seeing you!

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