Digging ponds on grey dune in Gironde: importance for amphibians and new distribution data

  • Published source details Berroneau M., Miaud C. & Bernaud J.-P. (2010) Digging ponds on grey dune in Gironde: importance for amphibians and new distribution data. Bulletin de la Societe Herpetologique de France, 133, 5-16.


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Create ponds for amphibians

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Amphibian Conservation
  1. Create ponds for amphibians

    A replicated before-and-after study in 2007 of 17 created ponds in a coastal forest in Gironde, France (Berroneau, Miaud & Bernaud 2010) found that eight of 13 amphibian species known in the area colonized the ponds. A number of new species for the region were also recorded including the common midwife toad Alytes obstetricans. Between one and five species colonized each pond, with ponds in the dune or forest fringe having more species that those further inside the forest (≥ 4 vs 2 species). Green frogs Pelophylax sp. were found in all 13 ponds that contained water. The other seven species were found in one to eight ponds. Seventeen ponds were created in the 1970s within a 10 km2 area of forest and dunes. Some dried in summer. Call and visual surveys were undertaken in March 2007.


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