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Amphibians Monitoring

Image of a Salamander

Amphibians represent an animal group showing demographic decline on a global scale since some decades as they are put in danger by threats widespread in a vast territory.

Along with large scale menaces (rising of the ultraviolet radiation, global warming) there are also some local threats (pollution, humid areas reclamation).

Many species in Italy disappeared from the ground level, where landscape changes and human modifications to natural environments were deeper, but nowadays they can be found in “refuge areas” in mountain regions. Therefore, to protect entire species which are already extinct in some parts of Italy we have to better know and to conserve present populations inhabiting mountain regions.

Majella National Park, through a detailed and uniform study carried on throughout the entire territory, was able to define the “punctiform distribution” of single species and collected valuable information about their ecology and ethology.

The results of this study were published in the “Majella National Park's Amphibian Atlas”. Moreover, the reproductive sites of some amphibian species were localized: those are particularly interesting from a conservation perspective.

For each one of the 25 Amphibians Important Sites (Siti di Importanza Batracologica, S.I.B.), the Park has established management guidelines, assessing whenever anthropic activities are compatible or not with the safeguard of the species and the habitat, and identifying the interventions needed to increase the quality of both conservation and touristic use (more knowledge equals more awareness, which means better safeguard).

Image taken during the monitoring of amphibians
Image of two frogs
Image of green frog
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