FAIR protection for amphibians

Fence for frogs and toads

Workers are building the protective amphibian fence. (Photo: Markus Bernards for FAIR)

FAIR has commissioned a landscape gardener to build a permanent protective amphibian fence along Messeler-Park-Straße here in Darmstadt, from the section of woodland that lines the road to the FAIR construction site. The fence will prevent endangered amphibians like the common toad and the agile frog – both listed on the Federal Species Protection Ordinance – from falling victim to passing traffic.


The frogs and toads that inhabit the woods north of Messeler-Park-Straße migrate south to spawn. To prevent the animals from crossing the road and endangering their lives, FAIR put up a mobile fence again this year. Now, this temporary construction is to be replaced by a permanent amphibian guide wall.
The permanent fence is 40 cm high and almost 800 m long. To enable visitors to continue using the woodland car park, a concrete gully covered by a steel grate will be set into the ground in this section of the fence. The amphibians fall through the grate into the gully. The combination of guide wall and gully thus prevents the amphibians from crossing the road and being run over on their way to the spawning ground.


Resettlement to protect endangered species


Soon, a new pond north of Messeler-Park-Straße by the Hahnwiesenbach stream will be ready for use. There, the frogs and toads can spawn without endangering their lives. The pond will measure approximately 350 m² and hopefully establish itself as an alternative spawning ground for future generations of agile frogs and common toads, eliminating their need to cross Messeler-Park-Straße.


This move to protect amphibians is part of a wide-ranging environmental programme to compensate for loss of habitat caused by construction of the particle accelerator.


For more information on compensatory measures related to the FAIR particle accelerator, please see here.

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