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On this website, the Biologische Station StädteRegion Aachen e.V. (the NGO for nature protection in the Aachen CitiesRegion) provides information about the "LIFE Amphibian Network" project. From 2017 to 2025, we want to sustainably improve the living conditions for three species of amphibians: the yellow-bellied toad, the common midwife toad and the natterjack toad. This is because these species are endangered in North Rhine-Westphalia and in Germany, and their occurrence is also no longer ensured throughout Europe. The reason for the sharp decline in the number of animals is the increasing loss of suitable habitats. In the northern part of the Aachen CitiesRegion, small populations can still be found in former quarries, gravel pits and on pit heaps. If we want to conserve the animals in our region over the long term, we need to improve their habitats, connect them and conserve them through permanent maintenance. You can help us – join in!

Sand mining area "Nievelsteiner Sandwerke"© Dagmar Ohlhoff

International Symposium on Amphibian Conservation: Habitat protection and connectivity for species listed under the FFH-Directive

The focus of the symposium will be on the project’s target species: Midwife Toad, Yellow-bellied Toad and Natterjack Toad. All three species are seriously threatened and listed in the Annex of the FFH-Directive. Their current conservation status in the state of NRW as well as in Germany as a whole, is unfavourable. Therefore, targeted conservation actions are required to stabilise their populations.
The aim of the symposium is to facilitate knowledge exchange on habitat protection and habitat connectivity for the target species. Invited speakers from german-speaking regions as well as the Netherlands will present their approaches and experiences. Central questions for discussion will be: What conservation actions are suitable for pioneer species? How and to what extent is habitat management necessary? How can a habitat network be successfully created?
Presentations will be complemented by field trips into the project areas of LIFE-BOVAR as well as LIFE-Amphibienverbund. Visiting the project areas will tangibly demonstrate what conservation actions can be implemented, often in collaboration with many partners, and what results have been achieved to date.
Program
Thu, 19.5.: Evening function
Fr, 20.5.: Morning presentation session, Afternoon field trip, Conference dinner
Sat, 21.5.: Morning presentation session, Afternoon field trip
Shuttle buses to the field trip locations will be organised.
Venue: Mensa Academica, Pontwall 3, 52062 Aachen
Language: German – if you are interested in this symposium and you will need a translation in English or Dutch please let us now via info@naturschutzstation-aachen.de
Links to the symposium program, accommodation options and registration form will be published early in 2022 this homepage.