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Amphibian surveys

Amphibian surveys
Amphibian SurveysSurveys can be undertaken to determine presence/absence of amphibians or estimate population sizes of amphibians on your farm.

Surveys may be undertaken as part of a monitoring project in a random selected 1 km square. If this is the case, it just happens that your farm falls within this 1 km sqaure.

Surveys are undertaken between Feb/March and June. Surveys are not undertaken between October and February, as amphibians will be hibernating during this time.

Surveys would involve undertaking up to four visits to your ponds. However, this is highly dependent on how many ponds are being surveyed as a high number of ponds are difficult to survey in one night! You would be advised prior to the survey regarding how many visits would be required. This would normally be undertaken following the pre-survey walkover.

Three different survey methods would be used on each pond being surveyed. If possible, the most effective methods are used. For clarity, the most effective survey methods are egg searching, torch survey and bottle trapping. However, the survey methods most likely to be used on your site would be egg searching, a torch survey and netting. Bottle trapping is only used for limited cases as there are time constraints and animal welfare issues involved.

If your survey is being undertaken to determine the population size, then up to six visits would be undertaken between March and June. In addition, only a torch survey would be undertaken as egg searching does not give reliable information on population status.

If you would like a copy of your survey proposal, please do not hesitate to contact the Ecologist working on your land. . You would receive a survey report within 3 weeks of your survey being completed.

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