The LIFE AMPHICON project team conducted an extensive two year (2020 and 2021) survey of amphibians in the Jovsi project site in Natura 2000 area Dobrava–Jovsi. The main purpose was to provide baseline information on the population of target species Bombina bombina in order to design the concrete conservation actions for the site. We estimated that the population was very small and on the brink of extinction already during the application of the LIFE AMPHICON project and that there was an urgent need for active conservation measures....07 April, 2022
We will elaborate site specific action plans for target species (fire-bellied toad, yellow-bellied toad, Italian crested newt) conservation objectives. They will be brief and will focus on action management, including suggestions for the after-LIFE work (F1.4). Areas for habitat management (C.1, C.2) and priority areas for land purchase (B.1) will be defined. We will estimate population status and specific habitat requirements for target species for every site before the concrete actions will be designed and performed. We will conduct a preoperational amphibian monitoring thorough field inventories of breeding sites, data on distribution and abundance, migration routes, analysis of terrestrial habitats etc. Findings of amphibians on Annex IV of Habitat Directive (moor frog, agile frog, European tree frog) and other species will be noted. All this work is necessary since recent knowledge of local target species populations is missing for all project sites.
Additionally, we will monitor amphibian migrations on selected roads which will result in the preoperational study of amphibians for detailed planning for road tunnels and fences on roads (C.4).
Population reinforcement (C.3) is planned for fire-bellied toad in project areas SI3000268 Dobrava – Jovsi (SI), DK008X192 Søer ved Tårup og Klintholm (DK) and DE2950302 Felchowseegebiet (DE) and work plans will also be produced. Plan for C.3 will include the development of the ex-situ breeding procedures for fire-bellied toad. AMPHI will provide expert assistance, which is essential in order to ensure the success of this action, since it will be realised in Slovenia for the first time.