LIFE-SAVING GAME OF FROGS AND LADDERS
A SMALL group of British conservationists have installed mesh-covered ladders in roadside drains to save trapped frogs from certain death.
A GROUP of British conservationists are installing mesh-covered ladders in roadside drains to save trapped amphibians from certain death.
The Warwickshire Amphibian and Reptile Team – WART – hopes that by placing 20 of the rust-resistant aluminium ladders down drains near known breeding pools in England’s West Midlands, they can boost the dwindling amphibian population.
“The amphibians are coming to breed and then hitting the road, getting across the roads, hitting the curb, along the curb and into the drains. And then that’s it – end of story for them, game over,” said Tim Jenkins, a ladder fitter at WART.
“By installing the amphibian ladders, it enables them to get back out of the drains and back to their breeding pools and doing what they should do and making more amphibians,” Jenkins said.
The issue of trapped toads is not limited to Britain. A 2012 study in the Netherlands estimated that more than half-a-million small vertebrates like frogs, toads and newts end up trapped in gully pots and drains each year.
WART says it’s seen a drop in the number of amphibian prisoners since the ladders were installed. |