Surveying work and mapping has begun
First European Tree Frogs arrive at new AMPHIKULT Water Bodies
Within the last four years, altogether 173 small water bodies were either newly created or restored as part of the LIFE AMPHIKULT project. These measures are aimed at stabilizing and interconnect the amphibian populations in the project areas. The ongoing survey is to reveal whether or not this target will actually be achieved. Three external expert surveyor teams will document the occurrence of the target species at 109 water bodies in five of the project areas. First interim results have already substantiated the measures' success. For instance, Moor frogs were documented at 15 of the 18 monitored water bodies in the regions of Aschener Moor and Lange Lohe (project area Western Diepholz Lowland bog and Hunte Valley). All in all, more than 100 animals, which had already deposited over 500 clumps of spawn, were counted. Hence, the Moor frog population has approximately quadrupled.
Calling Moor Frogs at Aschener Moor
Due to the warm weather of recent weeks, amphibian species that usually spawn later in the year have already visited the ponds. Calling European tree frogs were reported in several areas and individual Common spade foot were encountered as well. At a sandpit near Vechta, where a new pond had been completed recently, the Natterjack toads had already deposited their spawn. Apart from the target species, more common amphibian species make use of the water bodies as well. Over 500 common toads thus were also counted at the aforementioned 18 water bodies.
In the weeks to come, the reproductive success of the target species will be surveyed as part of the monitoring efforts. In addition, a structural mapping of all water bodies is planned. Surveys at the remaining water bodies of the project are scheduled for next spring.