Thanks to ARC the pool frog is back in the UK. Help our rarest amphibian thrive once again.

The pool frog is the UK’s rarest amphibian, a charismatic species that, because of loss and damage to its Fenland and Breckland habitats became extinct from England in the 1990s.  ARC worked with partners to reintroduce pool frogs to two locations in East Anglia, but further work is needed to build their populations, and secure their future.

ARC is dedicated to the conservation of amphibian and reptile species and the habitats on which they depend. Our vision is for a world where amphibians and reptiles can thrive in their natural habitats and society is inspired and committed to their conservation.

We can only achieve our mission with your help, and by making a donation today, you can help make our conservation goals a reality.

So, what’s the problem?

Pool frogs are back in the wild, but their numbers are very small – it would be easy for them to be lost again. To boost the wild population, we want to do “head-starting” – look after the earliest, most vulnerable stages, their spawn and tadpoles, in a predator free environment. We urgently need to set up and equip a ‘Head-starting Facility’ in which to rear and support the early development of pool frogs before they are released, as little frogs, into the wild.

In recent years there has been a dramatic reduction in funding to support conservation initiatives. Wildlife charities such as ARC must find new ways of generating essential funding to conserve our species and habitats – generous donations from individuals who care about their environment are an important part of this.  

How will your support help pool frogs?

Your donation will help to support phase three of the pool frog reintroduction project. ARC has led on the first two phases by engaging with policy-makers, regulatory authorities, scientists and land owners:

  1. The first project phase (2005 to 2008), imported pool frogs from Sweden under special permissions. They were released at a secret location in order to enhance their protection and are establishing well. This project has been recognised internationally as ground-breaking in the field of frog conservation.
  2. The second phase in 2015 transferred pool frog offspring produced at the first site to a second site, Thompson Common in Norfolk, where the pool frog was last seen in the wild before it went extinct in England. This was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, as part of a Landscape Partnership project in partnership with Norfolk Wildlife Trust.
  3. We are now fundraising for a third phase of the re-introduction process. Phase three focuses on increasing the number of pool frogs in the wild by using head-starting so that more of the early stages survive. Improving breeding success and survival in this way will help achieve a self-sustaining population at Thompson Common more quickly. Phase three also includes strategic future project development. It will review data and lessons learned from releasing pool frogs at the first two sites, identify and prioritise the next locations for species reintroduction and plan the next stages, partnerships, public engagement and targets required to reach the long term goal of restoring thriving pool frog populations across their entire historic native range in East Anglia. Throughout phase three we will also continue to monitor population change of the re-introduced pool frogs at the first two sites and work with landowners to maintain habitat in an appropriate condition.    

Donate to help the pool frog!

Your kind donation could help to support our current and future pool frog conservation work.

  • If ARC raises £13,000 we could monitor the pool frog populations at both reintroduction sites for one spring and summer.
  • If ARC raises £21,200 we could purchase and equip a head-starting unit in 2018. Fundraising efforts would continue with the aim of hiring an ecologist to carry out head-starting and releases in 2019.
  • If ARC raises £165,500 we could purchase, equip and run a head-starting unit for 3 years, rearing pool frogs and releasing them at Thompson Common to establish a robust population. We would be able to monitor pool frogs at both sites for three years, identify further sites suitable for pool frog reintroduction and plan the steps needed to return pool frogs across their historic range.

Become a Pool Frog Friend: donate £100+ and… 

  • We could buy water testing equipment for the head-starting facility and feed the tadpoles all summer
  • We will send you a personalised certificate
  • You will also become an ARC Friend for a year
    • ARC Friendship includes updates on our work with sand lizards and other reptiles and amphibians via our eNews and magazine, HopGossip!.

Become a Pool Frog Champion: donate £1,000+ and… 

  • We could buy ten tadpole tanks, water filtering equipment and a computer to keep records on animal husbandry
  • You will also become an ARC Friend for 5 years

Become a Pool Frog Guardian: donate £7,000+ and… 

  • We could monitor pool frogs in the wild at one site throughout spring and summer
  • You will also become an ARC Friend for Life, and receive invitations to ARC Guardians events.

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