|Fire salamanders Salamandra salamandra are just one of the species affected by roads|
The full statement reads:
“Roads present one of the biggest threats to amphibian survival across Europe.
Habitat fragmentation by existing and developing road networks leads to mass amphibian mortalities, leading in turn to local population extinctions.
Combined with other factors such as disease, habitat loss and climate change, we will lose billions of frogs, toads, newts and salamanders unless coordinated action is taken soon.
|Spadefoot toads Pelobates fuscus are another of the species threatened by roads|
• to recruit and support the thousands of volunteers across Europe who are committed to helping amphibians survive
• improved construction on existing road networks to solve issues for amphibians
• more data on the situation in each country to map existing and potential amphibian and road conflicts
• identify hot spots for amphibian mortalities to better implement conservation measures
• shared resources in different languages to disseminate information and educate stake holders
• investment in amphibian conservation to protect these fascinating, precious and protected animals.
The informal network of conservation organisations will be coordinating positive action across Europe to help protect amphibians and other animals, so watch this space for more news.
|Some of the delegates at the workshop in Peterborough this week|