Looking for amphibian fans

THE TAYSIDE Amphibian and Reptile Group celebrated Save the Frogs Day on Saturday, April 27.

Globally, a third of all amphibian species are at risk of extinction, but you can help to save them here in Tayside.

The group is calling all frog lovers to get in touch if you would like to be involved in a new voluntary wildlife organisation – the Tayside Amphibian and Reptile Group (TayARG).

Affiliated to the UK Amphibian and Reptile Group (UKARG), TayARG will be taking forward a number of new projects, one of them being to find out the locations of important amphibian and reptile populations and where they are most at risk.

Daniele Muir of TayARG said: “It would be great to have some more frog fans join the group.

“We will be running training events for all ages in the near future.

“To find out how you can help, please contact us at taysideamphibians@yahoo.co.uk, or through the Tayside Biodiversity Partnership at caglloyd@pkc.gov.uk or leave a message on 01738 475373.”

Catherine Lloyd of the Tayside Biodiversity Partnership added: “We have made a very positive start with the Amphibians in Drains pilot project but now want to widen the gullypot surveys across areas of Tayside, increase the Toads on Roads volunteer base and start to find out where the main migration routes are across Angus and Perth & Kinross.

“Very soon, there will also be news of an exciting new ponds project for local schools.”

More information can be found on the Tayside Biodiversity website: www.taysidebiodiversity.co.uk or via the Facebook page www.facebook.com/taysidebiodiversity.

Biodiversity means the ‘variety of life’, i.e. trees, insects, plants and birds – as well as people.

The Tayside Biodiversity Action Plan was published in 2002 with over 400 actions. Since then over 100 projects have been undertaken by the Partnership with many more funded by the Tayside Biodiversity Action Fund.