Do you remember the first time you saw a frog? Did you watch frogspawn transform into tadpoles in your classroom? Have you ever been lucky enough to spot a Grass Snake in the undergrowth?
Not only are frogs, toads, newts, snakes and lizards part of our natural heritage – featuring in our fairy stories and myths – they are also important pieces in the jigsaw puzzle of biodiversity. Looking an adder in the eye or discovering a sleepy toad beneath a log are moments that can inspire a lifelong passion for wildlife, and an understanding of the value that the animals bring.
Froglife is a conservation charity committed to protecting wild amphibians and reptiles, and making sure that these beautiful, secretive and often misunderstood animals will flourish long into the future.
We take a three pronged approach to conserving amphibians, reptiles and their habitats. We work on the ground, involving volunteers in creating new ponds and wildlife-friendly areas as well as restoring spaces that have been forgotten about or neglected. We also work with a broad range of people through our learning projects, introducing new audiences to the benefits of being outdoors and helping wildlife. And we take a proactive approach to communicating our messages far and wide through our website, social media, events and contact with the press.
You can find out more about our projects on our website at www.froglife.org, but here are some highlights and my favourites to give you a taster of our work!
Through our Toads on Roads project we support a network of hard working volunteers who rescue tens of thousands of toads every year from being killed on roads as they migrate back to their breeding ponds. These volunteers have rescued over a million toads since the project began.
Through our Green Pathways project, funded by BBC Children in Need, we take vulnerable and disadvantaged young people out and about, meeting wildlife and improving local green spaces. This not only benefits wildlife, the young people have a great time, build their self esteem and confidence and escape from their worries for a much needed break.