Within the framework of a LIFE project funded by the European Union, the Biologische Station StädteRegion Aachen e.V. would like to sustainably improve the situation of three endangered species of amphibians in the Aachen CitiesRegion.
Various measures are to lead to the long-term conservation of the species yellow-bellied toad, common midwife toad and natterjack toad in this region:
The existing habitats are to be improved and the occurrences linked by so-called stepping stone biotopes. New areas are also to be acquired for the protection of amphibians. Yellow-bellied toads that were previously bred from parent animals from the region are being introduced in two nature protection areas. During the duration of the project, team members will be observing the population trends of the animals to verify if the actions have achieved their aim.
To ensure the long-term protection of amphibians, communities, politicians, nature conservation associations, landowners and volunteers are involved in the project and advised on how to protect amphibians.
The project team offers local inhabitants a range of information such as guided nature tours, exhibitions and leaflets. Schools can take on a sponsorship and borrow educational materials. Members of the public can receive training to become an amphibian ranger and voluntarily take on the management of an area.