27 April 2012

Early Birds in Peterborough

Froglife is offering a series of guided walks on Hampton Nature Reserve in Peterborough, starting with an early morning walk to celebrate International Dawn Chorus day on Sunday 6th May.

The walks will have a variety of themes from a general wildlife stroll to walk off your Sunday lunch, to a reptile safari or a walk in the dark to search for creatures of the night and even a non-dawn chorus for those who find it difficult to rise with the lark. There will be a suggested donation which will go towards Froglife’s good work supporting reptile and amphibian conservation through habitat management, the provision of information and environmental education.
Join us for a series of walks on the amazing Hampton Nature Reserve in Peterborough
Rebecca Neal from the Froglife education team will be leading the walks. “I am really looking forward to showing off this amazing site, which is not normally open to the public," says Rebecca.  "There is so much to see and it is such an unusual place.”

All the walks will be designed for people who have a general interest in wildlife so you don’t need to be an expert to come along and hopefully everyone will go away having seen or learned something new.

If you are interested in booking on a guided walk, please contact Rebecca Neal on 01733 425826 or rebecca.neal@froglife.org to ensure a place. The walks are listed on the Froglife website here.

Froglife manages Hampton Nature Reserve on behalf of O&H Hampton

25 April 2012

School with Passion for Amphibians

Lee Ashton is Head Teacher at Lower Kersal Community Primary School in Salford, and got in touch with Froglife to tell us about his frog-friendly pupils. We were thrilled to hear from him, and very impressed by all the efforts made by the pupils to help frogs.  Here is Lee's story so far:

“I wanted to share with Froglife some of the work children in my school have been doing to help raise awareness of local amphibians.  We have a create a huge ‘Wind In The Willows' inspired display, complete with an interactive TV screen, testing children's knowledge of frogs and toads, and our very own 5ft Mr Toad (kindly created and donated by a local artist who had heard about our work). Our area has lots of amphibian-related books contained within it in the hope that children will take them home and learn more about our frog and toad friends!

 As part of the display, children are donating their change from drinks purchased in their dinner hour. This money will be then sent to you as they are worried about the spread of red leg and they would like to help. As a thank you for the generosity, all children who have donated money will have the chance to win a stuffed soft-toy frog. At home children have worked with parents to create frogs for display, and much of the work displayed in our ‘Wind In The Willows’ area was produced by children in their own time.

Some of the fantastic newt artwork from Lower Kersal School
In addition to this, as part of their work on Rivers, Ponds and Streams, Yr 5 have produced some large Great Crested Newt display work. We were so pleased with the finished results that we have now had one of these professionally printed onto A0 paper and framed for display in our main entrance area. We are also entering the Great Crafted Newt competition.

You can read more and see some lovely pictures here.

Finally, some children gave up their dinner hour to build some frog and toad houses out of scraps of wood. These have now been buried quite close to our pond. The children have been thrilled to spot a toad quite nearby and also some small wriggly tadpoles swimming about in their pond!”

- If your school fancies getting more involved in conservation, there are lots of resources on the Froglife website here
- Fancy making your own newt? Find out more about the Great Crafted Newt competition here
- You can also help support our work through donations here