Help make Fairfield more frog-friendly

Published Thursday, 6th April 2017

Frog image by Martin Ratcliff
Frog image by Martin Ratcliff

Fairfield City Council invites its residents to hop over to Nalawala Sustainability Hub on Saturday 29 April, 9am to 12 noon.

Participate in an educational talk to learn how to make Fairfield City more frog-friendly.

Frogs are indicators of the health of the natural environment and the upcoming workshop will teach City residents how to transform their backyard into an oasis for local amphibians. Information covered includes which native plants to install in their garden, ideal pond locations and what to avoid, such as using pesticides.

With more than 200 species, Australia has one of the most diverse ranges of frogs in the world. Fairfield City is home to eight known frog species:

  • Perons tree frog (Litoria peroni)
  • Eastern dwarf tree frog (Litoria fallax)
  • Bleating tree frog (Litoria dentata)
  • Common Eastern toadlet (Crinia signifera)
  • Striped marsh frog (Limnodynastes peroni)
  • Spotted grass frog (Limnodynastes tasmaniensis)
  • Broad palmed frog (Litoria latopalmata)
  • Whistling tree frog (Litoria verreauxii)

Fun frog facts:

  • Frogs start life as tadpoles living in water, as they grow they develop four legs, lose their tail and morph into an adult frog.
  • Frogs generally live between 10-30 years.
  • Not all frogs live near water, but all frogs require water to breed.
  • Frogs are known as an indication of water quality in the habitat they are found. This is due to their porous skin. The skin absorbs water and if water is contaminated, frogs and tadpoles can die.
  • Frogs that are most often heard calling are males attracting females.
  • Frogs are most active at night. 
  • It can take up to two years for frogs to find a pond in your yard (if you don’t live near water), so residents shouldn’t be disappointed if a frog doesn’t leap into your backyard overnight.

Limited workshops places are available. To register, call 9725 0222 or visit Council’s website.

ENDS
 

Media enquiries:       Suzie Sekulic, Communications and Marketing Officer
Phone:                        9725 0166
Email:                         fcccommunications@fairfieldcity.nsw.gov.au