Frogs get volunteers on the hop


19/11/2013
colour picture of growling grass frog

The Melbourne Water Frog Census is officially open and monitors will be heading to their local creek, river and wetland to record their calls, helping to further understand the health of waterways.

Frog Census Coordinator, Richard Akers, said frog species known across Melbourne included the common froglet, whistling tree frog and pobblebonk, but the one they were looking for in particular was the endangered growling grass frog.

“The number of growling grass frogs across Greater Melbourne has declined in the past 20 years, however improved awareness of water sensitive design around homes can mean frogs and humans can live side by side,” Mr Akers said.

“What we are looking for are any changes to the distribution of frogs, but also where rehabilitation of waterways is working and the difference residents are making by creating raingardens or dedicated frog bogs in their gardens,” he said.

“Affectively, we can all coexist, it’s a matter of accommodating by providing refuges and corridors for these ground dwelling frogs to move through and breed.

“Frogs are very susceptible to habitat loss, disease and drought. These surveys are so important for understanding how frogs are recovering or where new threats might be coming from,” he said.

Recordings taken by volunteers during the Frog Census are analysed by Melbourne Water and used to map frog species distribution.

For more information about the Melbourne Water Frog Census or for a list of frogs found across the region in previous surveys visit Healthy Waterways Frog Census.

Media contact: Jaki Colgan (03) 9679 7204; 0408 673 464