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GemmaJF
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Posted: 21 Apr 2005

If you see a newspaper article or a link to a web story that would be of interest to those who visit RAUK, we can seek copyright permissions to reproduce them. For newspaper articles we need to know the name of the publication and date the article appeared (the publisher is useful also).

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herpetologic2
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Posted: 19 Aug 2005

 

I have found a BBC article relating to Agile Frogs in Jersey - I wonder if the agile frog pictured had an off day with all those warts?

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/jersey/4673745.stm

I am not sure if they have put a correction on this story I did have a chuckle at this

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GemmaJF
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Posted: 19 Aug 2005
That is the standard beeb web site amphibian piccy.. I've seen it loads of times. If you drop them an email they will change it to something more appropriate like a common frog or something.
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Caleb
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Posted: 19 Aug 2005
Better than stealing a photo from someone else's website. Compare and contrast:

BBC news item

My somewhat out-of-date homepage

I assumed that as it was a news item it would quickly disappear, I didn't realise until now that it was still around. I may have to complain about it, especially as it's someone elses photo that I'm using by permission...
jpr1981
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Posted: 24 Jul 2006

Check out this link to a news article from a South Wales Newspaper - where it mentions that the presence of Adders in a grass verge was amongst the reasons for cutting the habitat back. Unbelievable!

http://icwales.icnetwork.co.uk/0100news/0200wales/tm_objecti d=17179300%26method=full%26siteid=50082-name_page.html

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Posted: 24 Jul 2006

Interesting link.

"the council has a snake patrol."

I wonder what this means! Relocation at best I guess.


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GemmaJF
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Posted: 24 Jul 2006
Does make you wonder exactly what is involved in the council snake patrol doesn't it!
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benowz
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Posted: 17 Aug 2006

Link to article on supposed snake bite incident in the middle of leicester:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/leicestershire/4795409.st m


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Posted: 17 Aug 2006
We had one of these incidents a couple of years ago at a Country Park in Derbyshire, where we know there are grass snakes. The dog fought something unseen by its owner in the scrub & long grass and was taken to the vet who pronounced it had been bitten (both on its face and its behind!) by an adder. The dog died within a day and there was a campaign by local residents in the local newspaper for the Council to "do something" about the poisonous snakes in the park. We did nothing about the non-existent poisonous snakes as I suspect the dog died from blood poisoning/toxic shock from being bitten by a much more likely animal in the vicinity such as mink or rat. The local paper tried to resurrect the story last summer but never ran it after coming to the Council for a press statement. This may be due to the fact that I advised the press office on what to say (once I had realised that the press officer thought that vipers and adders were two different types of snake!). Only concern was wondering how many innocent grass snakes were battered to death in the area in the mistaken belief that they were adders after the initial campaign and press articles.
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lalchitri
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Posted: 16 Sep 2006
small article on the common frog on page 29 of todays (sat 16 sep) times with a nice pic also.
talks about the increase of redleg this year due to the dry weather.
can i scan it and post it here?

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herpetologic2
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Posted: 16 Sep 2006

 

Very interesting...... any comments on the story

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-2360022.html

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lalchitri
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Posted: 30 Sep 2006
again from the times.
8 new species of frog, as well as lizards and snakes, discovered in a remote part of the amazon rainforest!


link here

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Posted: 04 Oct 2006

Birds get taste for tadpoles as summer heat keeps worms under ground


link here

several times this year i noticed water splashes indicative of some sort of disturbance around the edge of my pond.
on closer inspection there was often half a dozen or so tadpoles lying on the ground close to the pond.
some were still alive, some dead and some had their innards hanging out.
i eventually did the same as was mentioned in the article (i.e. cover the pond with netting) which seemed to put a stop to the problem.
i guess the above article might explain a lot about what was previously a mystery for me.

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Posted: 04 Oct 2006
frogs seem to be in fashion at the moment over at the times.
thats the third frog-related article in just over two weeks.

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Posted: 04 Oct 2006
I had a blackbird, or maybe several, taking a few tadpoles from my pond in spring and early summer. The birds had sipped water from the pond during winter and as spring progressed I guess they spotted the tadpoles round the edge. I have a preformed pond, so the birds can't wade in as the sides are too steep, but I used to see blackbirds at the edge making quick stabbing movements rather than sipping water and I think they were getting tadpoles. My brother who has large wildlife ponds says blackbirds and robins are the main ones doing this (he is in Yorkshire). I'm in Devon. There were only occasional visits and I don't think overall they made much impact on the taddie numbers. Certainly I didn't think it worth netting the pond. My neighbour has a butyl liner pond with a shelving beach and there were often wood pigeons or collared doves in the water at taddie time so not sure if they were after them or just having a drink and bath.
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Matt
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Posted: 12 Oct 2006
[QUOTE=lalchitri]

Birds get taste for tadpoles as summer heat keeps worms under ground[/QUOTE]

Same story, but with a bit more detail

http://www.bto.org/news/news2006/sept-oct/blackbirds_newts_t adpoles.htm

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Peter Vaughan
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Posted: 12 Oct 2006

I've just been in Cumbria for a couple of days, where I saw this letter in a local newspaper, from the owners of Brownrigg SSI in response to the news of a dog (off the lead) being bitten by an Adder at the site.   A good, clear message I thought.  http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/opinion/viewarticle.aspx?id=421 350

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lalchitri
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Posted: 12 Nov 2006
save a newt for just 20,000 again from the times
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armata
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Posted: 19 Nov 2006
Re Adders - Isee that in that doggy article the old chestnut has been quoted again - i.e. hot summers = more adders because they breed successfully.
That sort of info used to appear regularly in the Bournemouth Echo with ref to New Forest Adders

i.e. a FC spokesmen stated blah blah blah

a load of B******s
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Robert V
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Posted: 20 Apr 2007

Hi all,

Anyone know about a heath fire that I heard on the news last night at Chobham in Surrey?

Isnt that one of your old stomping grounds Tony?? I seem to remember Al being down there recently as well?

Rob


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