New habitat for Natterjack Toad and European Green Toad

February 2014

Last measures to be carried out before the next amphibian season

2014 GehölzentfernungNARI

Shrub removal by dredger (Photo: Naturschutzring Dümmer e.V.)

The continuous mild weather heralds spring; first frogs and toads have started to migrate to their spawning grounds. It's high time thus to complete building measures in the project areas so that the amphibians can reproduce undisturbed. First project measures for the European green toad in the Helmstedt district started in mid-February. In a quarry that was left open, woody plants were cut back and raw soil was created to enhance the range of suitable terrestrial habitats. The intended creation of new spawning grounds, however, had to be postponed until the summer since the ground was too wet to operate construction machines on. Measures for the Natterjack toad in a sand pit in the Vechta district are currently still underway. Dredgers are being used here to clear the area of woody plants. The woody plants are successfully being pushed back; in fact, the rootstocks are also removed in order to prevent new sprouting.   At the same time, this creates raw soil which will serve the Natterjack toad for day-time hiding places and foraging. Weather permitting, new spawning grounds are to be created in this area as well. The Natterjack toads will be able to use the ponds for reproduction within just a few weeks.

2014 Rohboden Helmstedt

Raw soil creation (Photo M. Richter)