Wanted: frog spotters


An appeal for more people to record wildlife on their patch got a positive reaction from volunteers at a recent meeting of Fenland community groups.

The Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Environmental Records Centre (CPERC) is looking to get a better picture of the numbers of various species in the area, particularly in Fenland.

Toads and frogs are the first species it wants help recording as the weather warms up. It has already teamed up with Froglife and the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Amphibian and Reptile Group (CPARG) and is now looking further afield.

Jane Andrews-Gauvain, CPERC’s biodiversity outreach officer, told the gathering in Wisbech: “There are plenty of opportunities to get involved. Let us know if you are happy to just record when you see them hopping about, if your pond has frog spawn in or to help at a toad crossing.”

Specialist training is available for people to learn about identifying and recording other species, including bats, butterflies, dragonflies, otters and water voles.

The “Recording wildlife near you” project is running thanks to a £40,400 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

For more details, visit www.cperc.org.uk, call Mrs Andrews-Gauvain on 01954 713572, or e-mail Jane.Andrews-Gauvain@cperc.org.uk

Picture caption: Watch out for toads