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    Footprint Trust Press Release - Date: 29/02/08

    Frog fans urged to keep spawn


    People are being urged by pond experts not to move frogspawn around for fear of spreading disease and pest species from pond to pond.

    Ray Harrington-Vail of the Island’s Pond Warden scheme explains,

    “Diseases of amphibians appear to have increased in the last few years, and research is underway involving Froglife and other conservation bodies. One way we can help stop the spread of disease is to avoid moving creatures and spawn from one waterbody to another.”

    “It is fine to move spawn around within your garden and to place some in an aquarium so you can observe it but don’t pass it around your neighbourhood or the rest of the UK.”

    “You cannot make wildlife live in your pond. They choose a habitat that suits them. If you don’t have frogs then it maybe because your pond is in the wrong location, is polluted or has too many fish or other predators.”

    “Excess spawn should be left for the birds..that’s natures way…most spawn is not destined to survive…”

    Reports of frog and toad numbers on the Isle of Wight can be reported to Wight Wildlife, who are carrying out a survey. Tel 01983 533180. or email lucyt@hwt.org.uk


    ENDS

    Footprint Trust - Pond Wardens 01983 822282
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