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Cairngorms focus on frogs and fish!

19th September 2006

The Cairngorms Local Biodiversity Action Plan (LBAP) – is asking the public to focus on frogs and fish and help with two projects in the Cairngorms National Park!

Two new leaflets are available from the LBAP and both outline how the public can help with the Non-Native Fish Project and a new project about Cairngorms amphibians.

The Cairngorms Non-Native Fish project warns about the threats that non-native species pose to the wildlife of the Cairngorms. This colour leaflet also explains the actions that you can take to combat the spread of non-native species like Japanese knotweed or North American signal crayfish, and where to send records of any non-native species you see.

Records are also sought for toads, frogs and newts across the area in a new leaflet on Cairngorms amphibians. Across the world disease – introduced by non-native species – and habitat loss are causing large declines in amphibians.

The Cairngorms LBAP is asking for help to clarify what is the local status of amphibians. A simple survey form and a guide to identifying all five of the Cairngorms amphibians are contained within the leaflet.

The Biodiversity Officer for the Cairngorms, Justin Prigmore said: “We need as much assistance as possible from the public with both of these initiatives so please get involved.”

Both leaflets are available in various outlets across the National Park such as fishing tackle shops and ranger bases. They can also be obtained by contacting the CNPA direct on tel: 01479 873535 or email: [email protected]