Return of the potatoe toad

When you take a look at the NSG Lüsekamp you might think that this area is Spadefoot toad (Pelobates fuscus) heaven, but for almost twice decades the species couldn't be really confirmed anymore. Since the toad populations in the state of Nordrhein-Westfalia's declining cause of habitat destruction, every suitable habitat is precious. Eutrophication, succession, and unsuitable reproduction waters are the biggest problems for them and after a lot of work of renaturation, this area seems to be ready for a worry-free moving in for the toads. Since there are probably no animals left from the old population the Biologische Station Krickenbecker Seen started a project to give the spadefoot toad another chance. After putting much effort into making the habitat perfect for them in 2020 it was about time for the little toadlings to move into their new home. The young toads and larvae coming from a resettlement project in the Münsterland and the parents are from the dutch de Meinweg Nationalpark. The resettlement project had many successful reintroduction projects in NRW and hopefully, the population and project have a bright future as the ones already finished! I am very thankful that I was involved in this project and could help at least a little bit.  A litte bit more about the project you can find >>>here<<<

Arbeitskreis Amphibien und Reptilien Nordrhein-Westfalen (Hrsg.) (2011): Handbuch der Amphibien und Reptilien Nordrhein-Westfalens. – Bielefeld (Laurenti-Verlag) Band 1: Einführung und Datengrundlagen, Herpetofauna und Landschaft im Überblick, Amphibien (896 Seiten)