‘Frog lad­ders’ help crit­ters es­cape death

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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. |

The An­drei Stenin In­ter­na­tional Press Photo Con­test, or­gan­ised by Ros­siya Se­god­nya In­ter­na­tional In­for­ma­tion Agency un­der the aus­pices of the Com­mis­sion of Rus­sia for Un­esco, has an­nounced the win­ner of the Grand Prix in the My Planet Se­ries cat­e­gory. Rus­sian pho­tog­ra­pher Aly­ona Ko­chetkova, 30, was awarded the Grand Prix for her se­ries How I fell ill. Pic­tured here is one of her win­ning pho­to­graphs. |

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