First visible success at Lake Steinhude
From 2010 to 2012, altogether 36 amphibian water bodies were newly-created by LIFE AMPHIKULT at Lake Steinhude. Combined with additional water bodies that were created under the auspices of the Ökologische Schutzstation Steinhuder Meer (ÖSSM) in co-operation with various partners, the area provides approximately 140 water bodies for the reproduction of amphibians. A current population survey provided by Matthias Herold as part of his bachelor thesis impressively displays the effects of this high percentage of water bodies on the amphibian population.
Supported by Thomas Brandt (ÖSSM), Herold was able to record more than 1800 calling male European tree frogs. Thus, compared to the previous year, the population has tripled. Ten of the AMPHIKULT water bodies were occupied by calling European tree frogs, one of them was populated by 30 calling males."Usually it takes three to four years for a new water body to grow the adequate vegetation for the European tree frog to reproduce. It can go a lot faster, though, as proven by the AMPHIKULT body of water with the 30 calling males which was completed only last autumn" according to Thomas Brandt.