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Friday, April 03, 2009

Reptiles and Amphibians in your Garden

A project is being undertaken by The British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), Froglife and the Herpetological Conservation Trust (HCT) called Reptiles and Amphibians in your Garden.

It is hoped that the project will help show where frogs, toads, newts, snakes and lizards are to be found nationally and also give scientists a better understanding of the importance of gardens to their conservation.

According to Jules Howard of Froglife:

Amphibians and reptiles aren't like birds - there's not the same level of public support.

All we know about reptiles is based on a few scientific studies and some surveys - but basically we haven't a clue about what's going on in people's gardens.

We need to know what's happening so we can direct resources to the right areas in the future.

Volunteers are wanted to complete a simple recording form, marking off the species seen and then give information on their gardens e.g. whether they have a pond, use pesticides, or have a compost heap.


Tricia said...

Interesting stuff - given the number of frogs I get I shall investigate more.....

KAZ said...

Oh dear - I have a reptile phobia.
They are certainly not like birds.

Pete said...

i hate snakes!