Episode 10 An Amphibian Love Story
Singing frogs and Nattering Toads How does one attract the opposite sex? It could be good looks, physical fitness, a nice home, or even how you smell! But what about how you sound? In some animals it’s all in the voice. Toads and frogs have developed impressive calls to attract a mate. In this episode, Colin Stafford Johnson looks at two of Ireland’s amphibians, the common frog and the Natterjack Toad, and sets out to record their unique calls. In February he explored a mass frog spawning site at Glendalough in Co. Wicklow with Rob Gandola, from the Irish Herpetological Society; and in April, Ferdia Marnell, National Parks and Wildlife Service, and local conservation ranger Pascal Dower visit a Natterjack Toad breeding pond at Glenbeigh, Co. Kerry.
Location: Glendalough, Co. Wicklow; Glenbeigh, Co. Kerry Contributors: Dr Ferdia Marnell, Rob Gandola, Pascal Dower; Paddy Madden, Elaine Scanlon and schoolchildren, Kilmacud National school. Picture Caption: Pascal Dower and Ferdia Marnell, National Parks and Wildlife Service, tak