Fossilised remains of Ichthyostega, a 1.5m tetrapod, (an early amphibian) that lived in Greenland some 362 million years ago confirms that amphibians are the oldest land vertebrates. At present there are over 6,300 amphibian species of which approximately 5,570 are anurans (frogs and toads). The other species are newts, salamanders and caecilians.
Amphibians play an important role in global ecology as indicators of environmental health and also as contributors to human health. Almost half of all amphibian species are now threatened with extinction. Halting and reversing this potential amphibian species extinction is probably the greatest challenge conservationists have ever faced.
It is vitally important that amphibian conservation is implemented as part of broader animal conservation strategies that focus not only on protecting particular amphibian species but take into consideration entire ecosystems.
Many species of the Dendrobatidae family, specifically all Allobates, Dendrobates, Epipedobates and Phyllobates species are now included in the CITES Appendix II. This means that these endangered animals "are not necessarily now threatened with extinction but that may become so unless trade is closely controlled."
The increasing popularity of garden ponds is providing an alternative to the many wild spawning sites that have been lost. Most people are now aware that having amphibians in their gardens is a real benefit as they eat slugs, snails, small insects and their larvae.
The Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 provides protection all our native amphibians and the Great Crested Newt and the Natterjack Toad are given special protection.
The Pool Frog (Rana lessonae)
dendroWorks is supporting amphibian conservation here in the UK by....
undertaking licensed amphibian surveys to establish species and population size
assisting community groups raise funding to develop amphibian ponds on site
advising on amphibian pond design and location
developing site specific amphibian habitat enhancement plans
These organisations all actively support amphibian conservation
Latest Amphibian News
Here you’ll find the latest developments and news focusing on amphibians. Anything that could affect amphibians either here in the UK or on a global scale will be included. The links will be continually added to and updated. If there is anything important or interesting that we’ve missed and you think should be added just drop us an email. read more...
The Amazon rainforest or as it is more commonly becoming known ‘Amazonia’ is by far the largest tropical forest on the planet. It extends into nine South America countries with the greatest area of about 60% being located in Brazil where it covers nearly 50% of the country. Next is Peru with 13%, and then smaller amounts in Colombia, Venezuela, Ecuador, Bolivia, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana. read more...
Chytridiomycosis or Chytrid as it is more commonly known is an infectious disease of amphibians, caused by the chytrid Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, a non-hyphal zoosporic fungus. Amphibian die-offs in Australia led to the theory that a pathogen was devastating Australian frogs and the pathogen was confirmed to be a chytrid fungus in 1998. It has now been identified on all continents where amphibians occur. read more...
UK Conservation Projects
We are involved in a number of projects here in the North West focused on amphibian conservation.