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RECENT RAINS LEAVE ACT RESERVES JUMPING WITH FROGS

16-November-2005

 

Recent spring rains and subsequent lush growth have created an ideal habitat for the ACT’s frogs, with exceptionally high numbers of frogs recorded across the Territory, Chief Minister and Minister for the Environment Jon Stanhope said today.

 “At Mulligans Flat, in Canberra’s north-west, eight frog species were recently recorded by Frogwatch volunteers - half of the total number of frog species in the ACT and an exceptionally high number to be recorded in one area,” Mr Stanhope said.

 “Frogs are often considered to be valuable 'bioindicators' of environmental quality, and the high numbers of species resident in the ACT this season highlights the immense conservation value of areas such as Mulligans Flat Nature Reserve.”

Frogwatch is a community program run by the Ginninderra Catchment Group with help from frog experts at Environment ACT and University of Canberra. Frogwatch volunteers monitor frog numbers from their calls. About 30 trainee Frogwatch volunteers gathered at Mulligans Flat Nature Reserve recently for an evening of spotting frogs.

Mr Stanhope said one of the frogs identified on the night was the spotted burrowing frog, which is  heard rarely in the ACT and usually only in years of good rainfall. Other frogs heard at Mulligans Flat were the Plains Froglet, the Common Eastern Froglet, the Spotted Grass Frog, the  Pobblebonk Frog, the Smooth Toadlet, Peron's Tree Frog and the Whistling Tree Frog.

 

The best time to hear frogs calling in Canberra’s nature parks and reserves is the two hours immediately after sunset.

 

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