|A juvenile common frog by Darren Bealing|
|Save the Frogs, before it's too late: Froglife's Patron Mike Dilger|
“Here in the UK, the main species of frog you will find in your garden is widespread but declining,” adds Mike. “There are concerns that this could become a lot more serious without proactive steps to keep our common frogs (Rana temporaria) flourishing.”
Among the new friends of frogs is Comedian Graham Fellowes, AKA John Shuttleworth. He became aware of the threats facing frogs and penned a song to help spread the frog-friendly message.
"My 10 year old son, George wanted to see what frogspawn and tadpoles looked like," explained Graham. "It was Spring but the ponds in my area were all frogless. I realised the only way was to go on Youtube. Fancy that - a kid having to go online to find out what a tadpole looks like. When I was his age, we had frogspawn coming out of our ears! The shock of this realisation galvanised me into contacting Froglife and offering John's services." Graham added.
|Love the Frogs: John Shuttleworth hops on board|
UK populations of frogs are under threat from disease and habitat loss, with an outbreak of a disease such as Ranavirus or the destruction of local ponds able to wipe out a local population in a short time. Ranavirus is a disease that Froglife have been aware of since the 1980s and they have been working with the Institute of Zoology on a research project to help stop the spread of the disease.
“We were really concerned to hear that such an iconic animal has become so threatened,” explained Chris Marshall, Brand Manager for Cadbury, the creators of the Cadbury Dairy Milk Freddo chocolate bar. “To help raise awareness, we are adding Froglife guides to our website, to help families and young people understand what we can all do to help.”
|Chocolate is better when it's frog shaped: Cadburys help spread the word|
What you can do to Save the Frogs:
· Listen to and share John Shuttleworth’s song
· Organic gardening – go chemical free
· Don’t release pet amphibians (or any other animals) into the wild
· Don’t move frogs or frogspawn
· Donate £1-£10 by texting NEWT13 plus your donation amount to 70070
· Tweet your froggy pics to @froglifers and support #Savethefrogs