Our little green friends have inspired former Beatles and indie bands, puppets and even computer games. Dipping for tadpoles is one of the first ways budding ecologists connect with nature and has been a childhood pursuit for generations. Frog fanatic Rob Williams had a chat to us about how conservation charity FrogLife are celebrating Glasgow Science Festival this year.
Who are you and what do you do?
Rob Williams. I work for Froglife, a wildlife charity dedicated to conserving amphibians and reptiles, managing their conservation projects in Scotland.
What brings you to Glasgow Science Festival this year?
Froglife have been working hard over the past 4 years creating ponds in Glasgow as part of the ‘Living Water Project’. The Glasgow Science Festival is a great event to get people young and old, out and about and exploring the new ponds! It is amazing to teach a child to pond dip for the first time, or to see an adult instantly revert to a child as soon as they get a pond net in their hand
We are also raising awareness about a very important issue, the global amphibian decline. So many people are completely unaware of this mass decline amphibians are undergoing. That is why we called our event a ‘Festival of Frogs’ to help raise awareness of endangered amphibians through games and treasure hunts.
When you think of Glasgow, what are the first 3 words that come to mind?
Being honest, 1) Rain! 2) Ponds 3) Kelvingrove
If there was a zombie apocalypse, where would you hide?
Very likely in a pond, and I would fashion a breathing tube out of a hollow reed. I would at least die from hypothermia rather than a zombie attack.
What’s your favourite park or nature spot in Glasgow and why?
Cathkin Braes Country Park. The views are amazing both over Glasgow and southwards towards Whitelee Wind Farm and on a sunny day you can’t beat it.
Impress us with your favourite science fact
Unfortunately, this is my least favourite science fact but also one of the most important. As many as one third of the world’s 6,300 amphibian species are threatened with extinction and it is now regarded by many as our planet’s sixth mass extinction! That’s why amphibians need all the help they can get…..
Join Rob and other Frog Fantatics for a fun day out at the Festival of Frogs in Festival Park (are there enough letter ‘F’s in this sentence?) from 10:00-15:00 on Saturday 15th June.