13.03.2014

 

Environmental compensation for the construction of FAIR

Amphibian fence complete


Ingmar Kahrau (front) threads a string to tense the cloth of the protective amphibian fence, Anna Labadi (middle) and Sarah Kaiser (right) fix the fence.

Student Laurenz Adolph (l.) digs in a bucket which serves as a trap, while Ingmar Kahrau prepares a new piece of plastic cloth.

Björn Lotze brings trapped toads to a pond in the neighbourhood. (Photos: Markus Bernards for FAIR)

A new amphibian protection fence at the edge of the woods along Messeler-Park-Strasse and Planckstrasse now stops frogs and toads during their spring migration, thus ensuring they are not killed by traffic while crossing the road to their breeding grounds. The new fence supplements the amphibian protection fences erected two years ago along the southern construction road and around the building site.

The new amphibian protection fence is just over one kilometer long and prevents the amphibians – mostly common toads – which mostly approach from the north from crossing the roads. Employees from the ecological construction consulting unit of FAIR have now erected the fence. If the toads arrive at such a fence, they walk alongside it until they are trapped in a container. They will be collected in the evenings and mornings in the coming days and weeks of the migration period before being released in one of the nearby breeding ponds.

The “mobile” fence that has now been erected will be replaced in the course of the year by a permanent fence. Although Messeler-Park-Strasse and Planckstrasse are public roads, and thus FAIR was not obliged to construct a fence, in agreement with authorities from the City of Science Darmstadt FAIR has made available funds so that the local amphibian populations can be afforded effective protection.


More information about FAIR's Amphibian and Reptiles Programme




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