New ponds for the European tree frog

November 2012

Six new ponds have been completed for the European tree frog at the Rottbach Creek in Lower Saxony's Nienburg district.

During an inspection by the district's technical water management service, representatives of all involved institutions made an on-site visit to the water bodies. These water bodies were newly-created as part of the LIFE AMPHIKULT Project by NABU Lower Saxony. Kai Backhaus from BUND Diepholzer Moorniederung was commissioned by NABU to serve as the construction manager. He explained the construction measures in detail. There were no problems during the construction work and the water bodies were implemented as planned. Thus, nothing stood in the way of approval through Raik Sakowski and Tanja Schmitting from the technical water management service.

Photo: Inspection of newly-created spawning grounds at the Rottbach Creek (from left), project manager Dr. Markus Richter (NABU Lower Saxony), Sabine Fröhlich (technical service nature conservation), construction manager Kai Backhaus (BUND Diepholzer Moorniederung), Raik Sakowski (technical water management service)

2012 Akt Rottbach Abnahme

Project manager Dr. Markus Richter explained the measures' backgrounds. The lowland of the Rottbach Creek in the community of Harrienstedt is one of 15 sites operated by the AMPHIKULT project: Last year, the existence of individual European tree frogs could be ascertained for this area. This offered good prospects, thus, that the European tree frog would use the new water bodies for reproduction next spring and build up a survivable population in the medium term, Richter continued. The areas for the creation of the water bodies were kindly made available by Stiftung Kulturlandpflege.
Richter thanked all parties involved for the smooth construction process.