Spring term Amphibian survey
Help us to build up a picture of Amphibians in School Grounds. We would like information from ALL Schools and Colleges across Merseyside. All you need to do is carry out a quick consultation with your colleagues and/or your students to see if anyone has seen any amphibians, then complete our short (two-page) survey and email it to: info@MerseysideBioBank.org.uk
We also have supporting Identification Sheets for the six amphibian species you could see.
Schools & Colleges can provide valuable homes for amphibians, especially if there is a pond in your grounds. Even if you don't have a pond, other habitats can provide useful homes for amphibians; areas with long grass; bog gardens; woodpiles and garden areas are all valuable habitats. Even a small pond is important for wildlife and could provide an important water source for a wide range of animals.
A tough world for Amphibians!
Amphibians have got a lot to contend with, not only have their habitats been declining for years with ponds and ditches being filled in. This is a major problem for amphibians as they return to the place where they were born to lay their spawn! These endearing creatures are also having to fight disease - both Ranavirus and chytrid fungus have been found in the UK, the latter of which has devastated populations of amphibians in other parts of the world.
Below is a very general guide and timings will vary for the different species of amphibians. Weather conditions and changes in the climate will also have an impact. For more information see our Amphibians & Reptiles page or visit ARG, NARRS or Froglife.
February - April - Amphibian Breeding Season
March - May - Evidence of frogspawn, toadspawn, tadpoles and efts in ponds & water bodies
June - July - Young frogs, toads and newts on land near water bodies
October - January - Adults hibernate, mainly in muddy ditches on land, but some bury themselves in the mud at the bottom of ponds. Please don't disturb your ponds during this time.