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New! BHS Amphibian Gullypot Ladders

Thursday, 15 October 2015 19:42 [ Amphibians ]

The British Herpetological Society has announced production of 'Amphibian Gullypot Ladders'. Finally an elegant way to prevent avoidable amphibian deaths has come onto the market, and the BHS is welcoming pre-orders from local authorities, conservation NGOs, ecological consultancies, and anyone... Read more...


The GCN knowledge gap

Wednesday, 14 January 2015 15:20 [ Amphibians ]

Amphibian and Reptile Conservation's consultancy arm ARCESL and University of Kent's DICE have teamed up to carry out research and development into predictive modelling of great crested newt (GCN) occurrence in England. The project, commissioned by Natural England, is a follow-up to the Evidence ... Read more...


New chytrid variant threatens salamanders

Tuesday, 14 January 2014 20:35 [ Amphibians ]

The following from Sergé Bogaerts:

A deadly skin-eating fungus is threatening Belgian Fire Salamander populations. Amphibians are already globally threatened by dramatic population declines, which are in part driven by infectious diseases. Despite the well-known occurrence of several... Read more...


Terminal chytridiomycosis cured for first time

Saturday, 10 November 2012 15:52 [ Amphibians ]

Australian researchers have shown for the first time that the advanced stages of chytridiomicosis in amphibians can be completely cured using fungicide and electrolyte therapy.

The research team, led by Sam Young at the Amphibian Disease Ecology Group, James Cook University in... Read more...


A radical plan to help the natterjack?

Sunday, 29 April 2012 10:51 [ Amphibians ]

(First published on 18/4/12 on the ARGUK website

Recent media attention has highlighted the impact of current drought conditions on natterjack toad breeding success. Natterjack breeding ponds are typically shallow sandy pools which dry up ... Read more...


Toad road mortality leads to virtual extinction

Thursday, 10 November 2011 19:41 [ Amphibians ]

Arnold Cooke is well known to many in the herpetological world. Both a prominent professional ecologist, and a highly-regarded amphibian specialist, he has worked with amphibians for many years. Most famously he has conducted the UK's longest-standing study of common toads and the effect of road ... Read more...


Amphibian disease concerns continue

Saturday, 20 March 2010 14:53 [ Amphibians ]

For many years now, chytrid fungus has been devastating amphibian populations around the world, and caused the extinction of some species. Global concern has grown as more species head towards extinction, particularly in the tropics, but also in temperate latitudes. An ongoing research project... Read more...


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