Frog Survey Ireland 2013 – Hop to It
Press Release 20th January 2013
The first record of frogs spawning in Ireland has been recieved by the Irish Peatland Conservation Council as part of our Hop-to-It-Frog Survey Ireland 2013. The frog spawn was spotted on the 8th January in Co. Cork. With World Wetlands Day approaching on the 2nd February the Irish Peatland Conservation Council (IPCC) are encouraging you to visit, explore and discover the beauty and biodiversity of your local wetland. While there keep an eye out for the Common Frog (Rana temporaria) and take part in IPCC’s Hop-to-it-Frog Survey Ireland 2013. Another great place to spot breeding frogs is in your garden, especially if you have a garden pond.
It’s easy to get involved, you can contact the Irish Peatland Conservation Council at the Bog of Allen Nature Centre on telephone 045-860133 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org and leave your name and address and we will send you a frog survey Ireland 2013 card. Alternatively complete an online frog survey card.
Since 1997 the Irish Peatland Concervation Council have been asking members of the public to send us their frog sightings and today we have 4445 records of frogs from all over the country in our Frog Survey Ireland. It is essential to monitor frogs as they are barometers of environmental health. The Common Frog is widespread in Ireland but is under threat in other parts of Europe due to factors such as loss of habitat, chemical pollution and infectious disease. The peak times for spawning are in February and March so over the next few months join in the Hop-to-it-Frog Survey Ireland 2013.
Editor’s Note: The Irish Peatland Conservation Council (IPCC) is a non-governmental organisation that was formed in 1982 to ensure the conservation of a representative sample of Irish bogs. Our activities include education and publicity, promoting environmental awareness, provision of information and encouraging the protection and conservation of our national heritage for the common good. We own and manage a number of peatlands for conservation and we run the Bog of Allen Nature Centre which is open to visitors and school groups. The Irish Peatland Conservation Council is a company limited by guarantee, with charitable status.
Further Information from: Nuala Madigan, Education Officer, Irish Peatland Conservation Council, Bog of Allen Nature Centre, Lullymore, Rathangan, Co. Kildare, Ireland
Tel: +353 (0)45 860 133