Frog species to be reintroduced
Plans are being made to reintroduce a species of frog to Winton Wetlands, which has been absent from the area for many years.
Frogs are a vital part of our ecosystem and are great indicators of the success of the wetland restoration efforts.
Frogs add to the area’s biodiversity and are an important part of the food-chain for birds, snakes and fish.
‘‘One species that has been lost from our site and also regionally is the Growling Grass Frog, and we are looking into how we can reintroduce the species back to the reserve,’’ Winton Wetlands restoration ecologist Dr Lisa Farnsworth said.
In a project supported by the Wettenhall Environment Trust, Winton Wetlands staff and volunteers are embarking on an innovative plan that aims to re- establish Growling Grass Frogs on the reserve. Key project activities include: Monitoring frog calls (collected by citizen scientists) through acoustic recording, to remotely identify species.
Researching the feasibility of reintroducing the species including testing for appropriate water quality, water temperature and vegetation cover.
Habitat enhancement appropriate to the species’ requirements.
Analysis to determine the extent of chytrid fungus on the reserve (an infectious disease that affects amphibians worldwide).
‘‘We are improving frog habitat through revegetation and the addition of rocks to allow Growling Grass Frogs to bask in the sun and to limit the spread of chytrid fungus,’’ Dr Farnsworth said.
Species hope: The Growling Grass frog will be re-introduced to Winton Wetlands.