Vol­un­teer and help frogs thrive

Perthshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Ross Gardiner

Tay­side Am­phib­ian and Rep­tile Group (TayARG) is ap­peal­ing for more vol­un­teers to im­prove a num­ber of ponds in Perthshire for am­phib­ians and other wildlife af­ter re­ceiv­ing fund­ing from the An­gus En­vi­ron­ment Trust.

Project Of­fi­cer Daniele Muir said: “Frogs es­pe­cially like to spawn in open wa­ter so the Tay­side Ponds Project will in­volve work­ing with TayARG vol­un­teers to clear over­grown veg­e­ta­tion and cre­ate pock­ets of open wa­ter.

“This will ben­e­fit many dif­fer­ent species of wildlife – frogs, toads, newts, drag­on­flies and dam­sel­flies among oth­ers.

“The vol­un­teer days will be good fun, but wet and muddy so wellies and wa­ter­proofs are a must.

“TayARG will thank all its vol­un­teers when we end the day with cof­fee and cakes at a lo­cal café.”

Cather­ine Lloyd, Tay­side Bio­di­ver­sity co­or­di­na­tor added:“The Tay­side Bio­di­ver­sity Part­ner­ship has long wanted to kick-start a ponds project.

“With the help of vol­un­teers and TayARG and fund­ing from the An­gus En­vi­ron­ment Trust,we are ex­cited that the first of sev­eral pond en­hance­ment events can now be­gin.

“This project also hopes to ad­dress one of the ma­jor haz­ards to am­phib­ians in the area – road­side gul­ly­pots.

“We will be work­ing with the lo­cal roads depart­ment and Friends of An­gus Her­peto­fauna to make and in­stall lad­ders in the road­side drains so any an­i­mals that fall in can then climb out again.

“We will be run­ning two lad­der­mak­ing work­shops over the win­ter where vol­un­teers can as­sist in mak­ing these life-sav­ing new struc­tures.”

The first vol­un­teer day of the project takes place in Blair­gowrie on Sat­ur­day, Novem­ber 25, at the pond on Elm Drive. TayARG have pre­vi­ously car­ried out veg­e­ta­tion clear­ance here and will con­tinue the work started in 2015.

Any­one in­ter­ested in help­ing is wel­come to join TayARG and come along on the day.

Please con­tact Daniele on taysideam­phib­ians@ya­hoo.co.uk for more in­for­ma­tion and to book your place on the vol­un­teer day.

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