Bell Frog Planting & Survey Results

Fauna, Newsletters, The Scoop

In collaboration with Local Land Services (LLS) & National Parks & Wildlife Service (NPWS) and under the guidance of University of Newcastle (UoN), we conducted after-dark frog surveys in Kooragang Wetlands National Park. 

These ran in conjunction with our ongoing Bell Frog Habitat Planting sessions – a project aimed to increase bell frog habitat availability and quality. 

Dr Callen & volunteers

Led by Dr Alex Callen, Bell Frog Expert from the UoN and her colleagues, volunteers took part in a nocturnal frogging survey in the wetlands where:

  • 13 individuals of target species (Litoria aurea) caught & data recorded
  • 3 other species spotted: Peron’s Tree Frog (Litoria peronii), Dwarf Eastern Tree Frog (Litoria fallax), Striped Marsh Frog (Limnodynastes peronii) 

Over 2 nights many volunteers braved the intermittent rain for the adventure, enjoying how hands-on it was for everyone involved. It was a highlight seeing green and Gold Bell Frogs in the more established plantings from 2018, satisfying to know our efforts to support these threatened species will be utilised in the coming years. 

Litoria aurea2

The results were astounding, as now is the tail-end of the Bell Frog’s active season. 

A huge thank you to all who participated! To join this conservation project, register for our Bell Frog Planting Events in April & May.

BFW volunteers planting