This multifaceted project ultimately aims to improve the suitability of the Kables Sands Plant site to native frog populations in an attempt to increase amphibian biodiversity in the region. In addition, I aim to enhance public awareness of the role amphibians play in the local environment, and consequently promote community engagement in working with HeidelbergCement (HC) to improve local biodiversity. To achieve this, I propose to: (1.) consult current literature and previous surveys in the region to develop an educational amphibian handbook for distribution, illustrating the biodiversity of amphibians within the active site and surrounding landscapes; (2.) conduct surveys and experiments investigating the suitability of various areas (likely of differing quality) around the Kables Sands Plant site, and implement restoration measures to maximise amphibian populations and biodiversity, and; (3.) work with, and educate, school (or community) groups about the importance of frogs and toads to proper ecosystem functioning, and the measures HeidelbergCement have implemented to promote wildlife and biodiversity. Promoting population persistence of native amphibian species is fundamental to maintaining and increasing biodiversity at any site. Therefore, this proposed project will not only significantly add to the relationship between the broader community and HeidelbergCement, but will promote biodiversity within the affected region.

Amphibian guidebook: feedback

Getting some great feedback on the amphibians of the Kables Sands quarry guidebook from local schools!

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16Aug

Guidebook: 'Local amphibian fauna of the Kables Sands Quarry region'

I have finalised the guidebook: Local amphibian fauna of the Kables Sands Quarry region', and sent it to 35 local and regional schools surrounding the quarry, and to quarry management for distribution to relevant stakeholders.

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10Aug

Developmental Instability

During frog growth and development, disease or physical stressors can increase the asymmetry of limb lengths. Alford and colleagues (2007) showed increasing levels of asymmetry prior to population declines in Australian Treefrogs. I have measured the limbs of frogs captured at the quarry and at reference sites, and these data are presented in this preliminary graph. 

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30May

First round of surveys completed

Nocturnal call surveys conducted at quarry and surrounding wetlands

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28Apr

Updated project summary

This project has undergone several iterations, and below is an updated project summary and some brief initial results.

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28Apr