Dwindling Frog Species Makes A Comeback In Switzerland

There is some good news for all the threatened frog species in Switzerland.

There is now a population “explosion” thanks to a pond-building campaign led by scientists.

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Amongst the frog species that were seen a comeback is the European tree frog, which has seen its population numbers quadruple since 1999.

At the time, the protection laws in the Swiss Canton of Aargau were helpful to the frog, newt, and toad species, but scientists want to see if habitat restoration would make a difference in the ever-declining numbers.

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That is when, back in 1999, there was a concerted effort between the Aargau government, non-profits, volunteers, and landholders to create the 20-year project – which included building 422 ponds across five regions in Aargau, according to BBC.

The lead author of the study, Dr. Helen Moor, said to BBC News, “Habitat loss is one of the main problems, and just by addressing that we could see the difference it made, and begin the recovery of these species. The key message is that it pays to do something, even if it feels overwhelming.”

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This is only the beginning, as scientists are hopeful that by creating ponds, they will ultimately help to revitalize the amphibian populations that are within human-dominated landscapes.

What great news!

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