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Amphibians and reptiles environmental programme

Female toad carring a male one
On the move: males latched securely to the females’ backs, toads and other amphibians make their way to their spawning pools in spring (Photo: Markus Bernards for FAIR)

Creatures which form a strong attachment to a specific location, such as amphibians and reptiles, will need an alternative home as a result of the current construction work. The migration paths of amphibians will be redirected and lizards will be given their own, new terrain.

Protective amphibian fence and relocation measures
Lizard habitat

Protective amphibian fence and relocation measures

Two men setting up the approximately 30 centimeters high fence made of foil
Workers installing a protective amphibian fence (Photo: Gaby Otto for FAIR)
A toad in an open trap box (Photo André Balke for FAIR)
Agile frogs are moved to a pond ...
... which lies south-west of Dianaburg. (Photos: André Balke for FAIR)

Amphibians, such as toads and the rare agile frog species, were collected before the construction area was sealed off and moved to alternative habitats, including a pond south-west of Dianaburg. Protective amphibian fences have been erected along the construction site’s roads and around the site itself in order to prevent frogs and toads from entering the building site or crossing the road.

If an amphibious creature arrives at the fence, it simply follows it until it ends up in a trap box. A member of FAIR’s ecological construction consultancy team check the boxes both morning and evening, taking any caught animals to the alternative habitat.

Lizard habitat

area with high, green grass in summer
In summer the area is covered by grass ...
area with short, brown grass in winter
... hiding the sandy stretches within this ecotope (Photos: Markus Bernards for FAIR)
lizard in the grass
Sand lizard in the construction zone before relocation (Photo: André Balke for FAIR)

A sand lizard habitat has been created close to the FAIR building site for the local sand lizard population. To do this, workers covered bare ground in a small, former garden allotment site with sand and installed a range of features, including stone piles. Lizards can hide in the cracks and in summer they use the stones as their own private sun deck.

The sand lizard habitat is maintained on a regular basis and continuously improved, i.e. the area will be mowed once a year and any golden rods or stinging nettles which start to grow will be removed.

Environmental experts have collected over 40 sand lizards from the eventual building site and moved them to this new ecotope and to other suitable habitats.

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