The global crash in amphibian populations has created a strong focus on protecting these species from extinction. Efforts to protect these species are often borne from a desire to protect these charismatic animals from harm and to ensure they remain an integral part of a nation’s natural heritage for future generations. However, it is also important … More HSI Project: Documenting Predation During Amphibian Reproductive Events.
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On August 20th of this year, The Sun newspaper released a story, suggesting that the tragic death of a man in Cork was the result of a bite from a redback spider (Latrodectus hasseltii). Later that day, The Herpetological Society of Ireland, issued a release highlighting some concerns we had with the piece. Our … More Update on Alleged “Fatal Spider Bite”
Since it’s formation in 2009, the Herpetological Society of Ireland has worked non-stop to fulfill it’s mission statement; working to “… advance, and promote, awareness and understanding of herpetofauna …, the conservation of native & exotic herpetofauna, and Herpetoculture through education, learning, and research….HSI Chairperson 2010). With each passing year, The Society has grown; undertaking new … More 2014: A Busy Year For The Herpetological Society of Ireland
Since its inception, the HSI has always sought to collaborate with groups that share our motivation and enthusiasm for the promotion of herpetology, science education and conservation issues. Which is why we were delighted that Science Officer, Collie Ennis, was invited by DU ZooSoc, to give a demonstration at Trinity College Dublin. The event had … More HSI presentation at Trinity College
The H.S.I feature in the latest (June 2014) issue of FrogLog, the newsletter of the IUCN Amphibian Specialist Group. The article details our work on North Bull Island, UNESCO Biosphere Reserve in collaboration with Dublin City Council. The article is open access and can be downloaded here http://www.amphibians.org/froglog/fl111
Warning! This post contains images which some readers may find distressing. Alert: Mass Mortality of Frogs Recorded in Kildare Pond On the 24th of February 2014, The Herpetological Society of Ireland (H.S.I) received a report of a mass die-off of common frogs at a location in Co. Kildare. Within 24 hours the H.S.I were … More Alert: Mass Mortality of Frogs Recorded in Kildare Pond