Britain's Amphibians & Reptiles
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Croaking Science: Mud-packing frogs: new approaches to protecting eggs
The amphibian family Nyctibatrachidae forms one of the three oldest frog families and these species are found only in India and Sri-Lanka. Within the genus Nyctibatrachus there are currently 36 species, many of which have unique reproductive behaviours (see Croaking Science May 2019: https://www.froglife.org/2019/04/). Three closely related species within the genus occupy […]
What our animals are doing this month… April 2020
We will have hopefully seen activity from our common frogs and our common toads by this point, but by April we can look forward to seeing more of our newts. Palmate newts can often be seen in March / April with the highest activity levels from late afternoon to midnight. Their active state in a
Using citizen science in road surveys for large-scale amphibian monitoring: is biased data representative for species distribution?
Authors: Silviu O. Petrovan; Cândida Gomes Vale; Neftalí Sillero Key findings: This study examined whether Toads on Roads data, collected at toad migration sites across the UK, are representative of the UK distribution of common toads. Toads on Roads sites are selected non-randomly and may be subject to bias. Results from this study indicate that,
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Case Study: North of England Wildlife Tunnels
Background Between 2014 and 2018, Froglife carried out camera monitoring in two tunnels at a new development in the north of England. Prior to development, the site contained several great crested breeding ponds. As part of mitigation during development of the site into a shopping complex, multiple new receptor ponds were created along with additional
Croaking Science: Vocal communication in anurans- call matching and masking
Males of most frogs and toads typically produce a small number of stereotyped, repetitive calls that have a restricted number of functions. Identified calls include the advertisement, aggressive, distress, warning and release calls (in Narins et al., 2000). The advertisement call often consists of a single note or a series of notes that is repeated
What our animals are doing this month… March 2020
March is usually a good time to see our common toads migrating towards their breeding ponds, although the weather and temperature are strong factors for when that happens from year to year. Toads mostly travel by night so the best time to observe them is at dusk and before dawn. Then once at the pond,
Help Froglife secure funds to improve Cowdenbeath Grasslands (Fife, Scotland)
Froglife is fundraising to restore and create standing water habitats (ponds) at Cowdenbeath Grasslands. Cowdenbeath Grassland is a large, predominantly grassland site with numerous over-grown ponds and pools, these will be restored to provide vital, open water for amphibians, reptiles, aquatic invertebrates, wading birds, aquatic plants and small mammals such as water […]
What our animals are doing this month… February 2020
February is a great month to start looking for signs of amphibians breeding and laying eggs. This month keep a look out for common frog laying spawn as the weather improves. They are the first of our amphibians to start breeding. Common frog spawn can be easily recognised in ponds with clumps of jelly-like eggs
Froglife’s Latest Annual Review
Froglife’s latest annual review and accounts are now available to download and view from our website. Take a look at what Froglife have been up to this past year and see what we have planned for the future! Click here to see the 2018/2019 annual review as well as others.