Author: Steve Allain

Frog in duckweed

Amphibians on the EDGE

It may be no surprise to a number of regular readers of my blogs, but I tend to focus on the conservation of reptiles and amphibians. This is primarily because it’s the area...

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Frog in duckweed

Why should we save the frogs?

As an amphibian conservation biologist I am often asked ‘why should be bother saving the frogs?’, to which I often give one of two responses. The first is a short summary of the...

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The importance of biodiversity recording

Biological recording is an important aspect of the activities of amateur and professional natural historians, enthusiasts and members of the general public. Biological recording is an integral part of conservation as records are...

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A midwife toad from the population I currently monitor in Cambridge

Britain’s non-native herpetofauna

Britain is a unique island in that throughout most of the last glacial maximum most of the landmass was covered by ice – apart from a small portion in the south of England....

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The common toad (Bufo bufo)

The common toad is in trouble

Why did the toad cross the road? You may have read online or in a newspaper last month that common toads (Bufo bufo) have declined in Britain  by nearly 70% in the past 30...

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