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Individual study: National survey of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis infection in UK amphibians. Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London

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Cunningham A.A. & Minting P. (2008) National survey of Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis infection in UK amphibians. Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London.


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Engage volunteers to collect amphibian data (citizen science) Amphibian Conservation

A study in 2008 of a project investigating the distribution of the amphibian chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in the UK (Cunningham & Minting 2008) found that 96 breeding ponds in England, seven in Scotland, 16 in Wales and two in Jersey were sampled by volunteers engaged in the project. Almost 6,000 amphibians were swabbed for the disease. The secondary aim of the project had been to raise awareness of amphibians, the threat of the disease and the biosecurity measures that should be taken when visiting breeding ponds. Field work was largely carried out by volunteers, who were recruited and trained through voluntary county groups known as Amphibian and Reptile Groups. Ponds were visited to sample amphibians by skin swabbing (30/pond) in spring and summer.