P148 Teletext 148 Oct16 21:00:10       ————————————————————————————  LEAP FOR SURVIVAL  The country's last-known pool frog has been discovered — and conservationists are desperate to breed it before it emits its final croak! Wildlife agency English Nature together with Anglian Water hopes the only surviving male will mate with pool frogs from Scandanavia, eventually leading to a reintroduction programme. The frogs have been devastated by the draining of the East Anglian Fens. ——————————————————————————————————1/5—— by Fiona Sandiford CHECK OUT YOUR LOVE STARS p418 Write It! Fun&Games Mulan Green
P148 Teletext 148 Oct16 21:01:01       ————————————————————————————  LEAP FOR SURVIVAL  Found over much of Europe, the pool frog is rare here. It is distinguished from the common frog by its noise. It blows out its cheeks to l—ke a sound louder than a quacking duck, whereas the common frog has non-inflatable cheeks and makes little noise, even if provoked. Now Anglian Water is providing £30,000 to help with DNA studies and a breeding programme for the threatened amphibian. ——————————————————————————————————2/5—— Green Scene 160 All the gossip 143 CHECK OUT YOUR LOVE STARS p418 Write It! Fun&Games Mulan Green
P148 Teletext 148 Oct16 21:01:10       ————————————————————————————  LEAP FOR SURVIVAL  Having died out in Cambridgeshire, the pool frog's last-remaining habitat in Norfolk was the site of a failed attempt to breed them in 1992. Now only one male remains. "Without urgent action the loss of this animal is inevitable," says Stephen Bolt, Anglican Water environmentalist. If the latest attempt to breed him with Swedish females is a success, three sites are earmarked for their new home. ——————————————————————————————————3/5—— 'Zine Life 142 Nick helps 146 YOUR VOIDY RANTS p482 Write It! Fun&Games Mulan Green
P148 Teletext 148 Oct16 21:00:00       ————————————————————————————  LEAP FOR SURVIVAL  Amphibian enthusiast Charles Snell is guarding the last pool frog in a large enclosure at an unnamed London address. "I can't disclose where it is because of the risk of theft," says Charles. "There are some fanatics out there. Next spring he hopes it will breed with some females from Sweden, which are genetically quite close to the British species, to enable a reintroduction programme to begin. ——————————————————————————————————4/5—— Green Scene 160 All the gossip 143 CHECK OUT YOUR LOVE STARS p418 Write It! Fun&Games Mulan Green
P148 Teletext 148 Oct16 21:02:11       ————————————————————————————  LEAP FOR SURVIVAL  Biologist Charles Snell is carrying out some of the DNA research on the nearly extinct pool frog in the laboratories of Greenwich University. "This is an overlooked species which is probably our rarest native vertebrate," says Charles. Swedish pool frogs are the key to the new breeding programme. "Norwegian pool frogs are genetcially even closer but they are very rare," says Charles. ——————————————————————————————————5/5—— 'Zine Life 142 Nick helps 146 YOUR VOIDY RANTS p482 Write It! Fun&Games Mulan Green