Amphibians

Background

Ponds, lakes and kettle holes – these relics from the Ice Age are important habitats for amphibians. Due to their small size, these sensitive habitats can easily fall out of ecological balance. High nutrient inputs, intensive tillage and frequent harvests cause trouble for waters and animals alike.

Amphibians are constantly on the go: on arable land – between spawn waters, winter and summer habitats. The animals are particularly sensitive to agricultural practice. The Fire-Bellied Toad (Bombina bombina) and Tree Frog (Hyla arborea) have become very rare in Germany. Organic farming can also harm amphibians. When sowing and reaping, mechanical tillage can harm the habitats of animals. By using selected measures we want to prevent this from happening on our holding areas!

Our contribution

We have now set up a green protection area around a spawning water surface. In this manner, our cultivation does not damage the quality of the small water surface. Moreover, we only mow the grass in special amphibian migration corridors once the migration period has passed. The animals can thus relocate safely. This measure will contribute to regenerating the amphibian population in our region. Studies show that the endangered Red-bellied Toad seems to particularly enjoy using our migration corridor.