SERIOUS MONDAY: FROG WITH AN ACCENT

Being from up north myself, I was delighted to hear that legal protection is to be given to a rare frog with a northern accent.

Remains of the rare pool frog show it was around in 1000 AD in Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire but it became extinct in the UK in the 1990s.

But based on its distinct mating call, experts established it was part of a northern group of the species found in Norway and Sweden and three years ago, new frogs were imported and given a secret home in Norfolk.

Experts say the frogs – which sound as if they croak with a Northern accent -appear to be settling in and once there are enough, they will be reintroduced to ponds in other areas. And from October the frog will be protected by European Habitats Regulations – making it illegal to kill, own or sell them or disturb their breeding sites.

Two other rare creatures – a moth which lives on the coast in Essex and Kent and a rare aquatic snail measuring just 5 millimetres across – are also receiving protection under the regulations.

Click here to hear the northern frog call.

Susan

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