Froglife’s work to conserve amphibians and reptiles in the UK is crucial. Our work fits into a global need to protect animals like frogs, toads, newts snakes and lizards, and we aim to make sure that the species we have in the UK are able to flourish and will continue to do so for future generations.
Both amphibians and reptiles are suffering from global declines, meaning that many animals are threatened with extinction. In the UK, the picture is not quite as bleak – yet – and we want to keep it that way. Animals like frogs, newts, toads, lizards and snakes face a number of threats, including:
Loss of habitat – we are building and developing areas where the animals live, and breaking up their habitat with roads Pollution – particularly for amphibians who are very sensitive to changes in water quality, chemicals can be a big problem
Disease – there are a couple of really worrying diseases affecting amphibians, you can find out more here Exploitation – with some amphibians and reptiles across the world used for food and other products, there is a concern that trades are not sustainable and can affect wild populations
Persecution – humans have a tendency to eliminate wild animals if they are perceived as pests or a threat to people, particularly snakes. This can also be a problem for non-venomous species, which can be confused for their more dangerous relatives.
Climate change – changes in seasonal temperature and rainfall may affect amphibians and reptiles in different ways: an increase in warm and wet winters may reduce the body condition of amphibians resulting in poorer breeding the following year; drier periods in spring and summer may result in ponds drying more quickly, preventing larvae from metamorphosing; warmer autumn temperatures may lead to range expansions of our reptile species in Scotland.
Froglife is committed to helping wild amphibians and reptiles thrive, and all of our work feeds into this aim.