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Green & Gold frogs

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Ecologist Kathryn Pugh

Tamar NRM recently announced the successful applicant to its Christopher Strong Sustainability Grant which is offered annually to support sustainability projects in the Tamar Valley.

This year’s $1,500 grant went to Honorary Associate at Queen Victoria Museum and Art Gallery (QVMAG), Kathryn Pugh in support of her project entitled “Litoria raniformis (Green and Gold Frog) in Launceston’s urban wetlands”.

The project will include habitat assessments of selected sites and on-ground surveys searching for this large and beautifully patterned frog which is listed as vulnerable. The survey will include day and night-time active searches, will build on previous studies and work with UTAS students and QVMAG staff.

Roger Tyshing, Tamar NRM President said “Our assessment panel had to work through a number of quality applications before deciding on the green and gold frog survey project”. “The project will verify known locations of the green and gold frog in and around Launceston and identify unknown sites for the species”. Mr Tyshing went on to say “By funding this project, we will have supported the identification of sites that require habitat protection or sites suitable for habitat restoration”.

Grant recipient Kathryn Pugh said “I’m pleased to have received the sustainability grant from Tamar NRM and hope the project will have flow-on benefits for local wetland flora and fauna, not just protecting the habitat of the green and gold frog as important as that is”.

The project will be undertaken within the wetlands and floodplains of Launceston during spring-summer 2018-19.

For more information on the project call Tamar NRM on 6323 3310, or visit the Tamar NRM website: http://www.tamarnrm.com.au