Thursday, April 02, 2009

frogs and toads and...

The BTO, Froglife and the Herpetological Conservation Trust launch a combined initiative today in order to attempt a 'stock-take' of the nations' frogs, toads, and other reptiles. Called Reptiles and Amphibians in your Garden the scheme aims to combine scientists and volunteers in a nationwide review of frogs, toads, newts, snakes and lizards. The objective is to understand how amphibian and reptile populations may be responding to a variety of threats, including habitat loss, disease and garden chemicals.
Although people may think of amphibians and reptiles as creatures that occur only in the countryside, the 13 species native to Britain can all, to differing degrees, inhabit gardens. Some gardens can harbour hundreds of common frogs, and others can house large populations of slow-worms (a legless lizard). Grass snakes can also be prevalent in some urban areas, where they dip in and out of ponds looking for amphibian prey.
Volunteers are needed to complete a simple recording form, marking off species they have seen and answering straightforward questions about their gardens, such as whether they have a pond, whether they use pesticides or whether or not they have a compost heap.
For your ‘Reptiles and Amphibians in your Garden’ pack please call the BTO’s Garden Ecology Team on 01842-750050 or email: gbw@bto.org

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