Frogs, toads and snakes – tell us what you’ve seen

Tuesday 10th March 2015

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Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust launches new survey to gather information about amphibians and reptiles.

The natural world is waking from its winter slumber; wildlife is on the move. Frogs, toads and newts are returning to their breeding ponds and reptiles are being tempted out of hibernation by the warmth of the early spring sun. Amphibians and reptiles are at their most visible at this time of year and Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust would like to hear from anyone who spots them.

In Lincolnshire there are six species of amphibian and four species of reptile. Like so much of our wildlife, amphibians and reptiles declined throughout the 20th Century and may be continuing to decline now. But without more detailed information about where they are seen, it is difficult to know exactly how they are faring in the county.

Communications Officer, Rachel Shaw, said: “Individually, seeing a toad in your garden may not seem that important but when lots of sightings are collated we can begin to see how they are distributed in Lincolnshire. Submitting your sightings of amphibians and reptiles will increase understanding of the existing populations.”

A simple form on the Wildlife Trusts website can be filled in whenever frogs, toads, newts, snakes or lizards are spotted: Reptile and Amphibian Survey. There are also photos and descriptions to help in identifying amphibians and reptiles.



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