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Bellamy joins battle to save colony of great crested newts: Rare amphibians' habitat earmarked by council for 35-acre rubbish tip
Monday 05 April 1993
PROFESSOR David Bellamy, the biologist, stood welly-deep in a sodden Dorset field near the Hardy village of Holnest yesterday, and upbraided Dorset County Council's scheme to turn the landscape into a gigantic rubbish tip for the urban dustbins of Sherborne, five miles to the north.
Wednesday 17 March 1993
Sir: If frogs are key indicators of the state of the environment, as some naturalists have said, then ours may not be so bad as people think. This morning, there are 11 heaps of frogspawn lying on the surface of our quite small garden pond. There are seven pairs of mating frogs thoughtfully being optimistic about the future and five or six other individuals hanging around wondering whether to join in. We live within a few miles of some of the Trent's coal-fired power stations.
Saturday 13 March 1993
Two tunnels have been built under a road to save toads from being flattened in the mating season. The passages, to the Grand Western Canal in Tiverton, Devon, were part of a pounds 160,000 road improvement.
Saturday 31 October 1992
New Delhi, India (AP) - A frog swallowed a gold chain, left on a riverbank by a woman bather - and sparked off a massacre of frogs in a south-western Indian village, according to newspaper reports.
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Saturday 29 August 1992
GAIL HUGGETT meets us at the front door of her home in Reigate, Surrey, and leads the way into the back garden saying: 'You think they're alive at first, but when you touch them they don't move. I've been burying them in the compost heap.' She is talking about an environmental tragedy of possibly worldwide significance, the evidence for which, she tells us, is waiting in a bucket at the bottom of the garden.
Wednesday 26 August 1992
It's like flowers that smell. We'll bust a bag tomorrow. I'll bring you some.
Disappearing Britain: Natterjack digs in as its habitat is invaded: Oliver Gillie reports on a threatened amphibian which likes the beach life
Wednesday 12 August 1992
THE NATTERJACK toad is fighting to retain its territory in northern Europe. Acid rain is polluting its breeding ponds; common toads and frogs are invading its favoured sites and poaching its food.
Wednesday 15 July 1992
An investigation has been launched by the RSPCA- backed Frog Mortality Project at London Zoo to try to discover the mystery disease which is wiping out Britain's frogs.
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