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Froglife is a non-governmental, charitable organisation concerned solely with the conservation of native amphibians and reptiles in the wild.

Established in 1989, we concentrate on promoting work to conserve some of the more neglected, secretive animals including frogs, toads, newts, lizards and snakes. Froglife is a small organisation run by volunteers and essential staff, with very low overheads, so leaving maximum funds for conservation work.

Why amphibians and reptiles are under threat

The majority of our native amphibians and reptiles are experiencing losses due to;

  • Destruction and fragmentation of urban and countryside habitats
  • Persecution and misguided management
  • Disease and pollution

Surprisingly we know little of the scale of decline or the likelihood of a long-term future for most of these species in the UK.

By working together with a range of voluntary and statutory organisations, Froglife aims to reverse these declines.

Froglife’s Projects

Information/Enquiry Service

Froglife runs a comprehensive enquiry service that now services thousands of requests for information each year. As well as providing verbal advice we send out fact sheets and pamphlets for little or no cost and provide technical support to volunteers helping to conserve habitats and species.

The enquiry service is open from 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm.

The nature of enquiries varies through the year. In the Summer we deal with queries about snakes in gardens (species identification, safety issues, habitat management to discourage/encourage etc.) and reports of mass Frog Mortality which reach their peak in July/August.

During the Winter, most enquiries revolve around providing hibernation sites for frogs and concerns over ponds freezing. The Spring months are probably our busiest period with calls regarding Toad crossing patrols and questions about the spawning period (do we have too much spawn/tadpoles?, spawn not hatching etc.)

Thoroughout the year, we get a constant flow of calls requesting literature (we have a range of advice sheets and identification guides) as well as requests for advice on habitat management, protection, wildlife law and translocation practices from councils, ecologists, consultants etc.

The London Garden Pond Project

With over 90% of countryside ponds lost this century, the estimated 150 000 garden ponds in Greater London provide a vital refuge for our declining frogs, toads and newts. Unfortunately many ponds and gardens are created in ways that exclude these species.

The London Garden "Pond Doctor" is available to provide the necessary specialist advice, free of charge, to wildlife-friendly Londoners wanting to conserve amphibians and other wildlife on their doorstep. If you live in the London area, call the enquiry line on 01986 873733 (Monday-Friday 09:00am – 1:00pm; 2:00pm – 5:00pm) to see if the Pond Doctor can visit your garden and help you to create a wildlife haven.

Toads on Roads Campaign

Each spring, thousands of toads are killed on roads that pass between their hibernation sites and breeding ponds. Many more become trapped in road drains. Froglife co-ordinates this Campaign to help reduce toad mortality on roads. Toad crossing points are registered on behalf of the Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions and road warning signs are installed during the breeding season. At many of the sites local volunteers run toad patrols, helping toads cross safely from one side of the road to the other.

Frog Mortality Project

Amphibian diseases are currently of worldwide concern. In the UK, disease has hit our Common Frog causing terrible suffering and high death tolls in and around garden ponds.

Our collation of thousands of reports of mass frog deaths from gardens has shown that mortality peaks during summer in the South East of England. The Institute of Zoology has identified that a virus is implicated. Froglife is working with the Institute to discover more about the causes in the UK, what the consequences are and what if anything can be done.

Great Crested Newt Conservation

The Great Crested Newt Triturus cristatus is the most rapidly declining and strictly protected amphibian in Britain. However, it is estimated that only 15% of breeding ponds are known and that two out of every three ponds lost could have been saved if their presence had been known prior to development.

As a Lead Partner for the National Biodiversity Action Plan for this species, Froglife employs a Great Crested Newt Conservation Co-ordinator who supports, promotes and reports on species protection across the UK.

Amphibian and Reptile Groups

Voluntary groups offer the opportunity for people to become actively involved and for national priorities to be achieved locally.

Froglife helps to establish new groups dedicated to conserving amphibians and reptiles. We provide set-up support, training courses, technical advice, presentations and a newsletter. As the secretariat for the co-ordinating committee, the Herpetofauna Groups of Britain and Ireland, Froglife organises an annual conference and committee meetings.

Froglife does not deal with:-

- animals requiring medical attention,

- pet frogs, lizards or snakes (husbandry, lost pets etc.)

- pond construction

Dates Referenced August 2001
Contact Details

Froglife
Mansion House
27-28 Market Place
Halesworth
Suffolk
IP19 8AY

Tel: 01986 873 733 

Fax: 01986 874 744

Website Address

http://www.froglife.org

Email

For general enquiries: info@froglife.org

For Amphibian and Reptile Groups or the HGBI: info@froglife.org

For great crested newt enquiries: gcn@froglife.org

For Froglife Friend enquiries:  froglife@froglife.org
To book a Pond Doctor visit: ponddoctor@froglife.org
For Toads on Road enquiries: info@froglife.org

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