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Developing a monitoring system for the widespread British amphibians

Steve Gibson

The native British amphibian fauna is sparse, consisting of one frog (Rana temporaria), two toads (Bufo bufo and B. calamita) and three newts (Triturus cristatus, T. vulgaris and T. helveticus).

The paper describes work to date on developing a national amphibian monitoring system, parallel developments for monitoring terrestrial mammals from which lessons can be learnt, and an outline of a possible monitoring system. The development is being carried out by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC), the body through which the statutory conservation agencies for Scotland, England and Wales deliver common responsibilities.

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