Right now most are still hiding underneath stones, old logs and deep within hedgerows... but very soon, if not already, the Jeremy Fishers of this world will be emerging from winter hibernation and embracing the breeding season with full gusto. The males will be striking up a chorus of loud croaking to attract females, one of nature’s most distinctive sounds, heralding the arrival of Spring.
To discover more about the Common frog in this country and what this latest research could mean... Sheila O’Callaghan has been out to the grounds of University College Dublin to meet Rob Gandola, senior science officer at the Herpetological Society of Ireland...
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