Scientists and politicians were among those celebrating the formal launch of Amphibian and Reptile Conservation in London on Wednesday 4th November.
The organisation will lead on conservation efforts to save the UK’s disappearing frogs, toads, newts, snakes and lizards.
Amphibian and Reptile Conservation formed from the merger of national wildlife charities, Froglife and The Herpetological Conservation Trust. The charities merged in order to use limited resources more efficiently to tackle the causes of the recent decline.
“By merging we can achieve more for these animals – by forming a single organisation our thinking is clearer, making partnerships is easier, our money goes further and our message is stronger.” said Dr. Tony Gent, CEO of Amphibian and Reptile Conservation.
Almost half of the world’s amphibians are disappearing, with early indications suggesting that reptiles are likely to be facing a similar risk of extinction. At the launch the charity outlined a ‘rescue plan’ to help save the UK’s thirteen native species.
“These actions give us the direction that we must take as a new organisation, but we need partnerships with other wildlife organisations and commitment to act from those in power, to make them into winning results for reptiles and amphibians.” said Dr. Gent.
The Right Hon. John Gummer MP (Cons), former Secretary of State for the Environment, gave the keynote speech at the launch event: “I am much impressed in the way that this amalgamation has taken place. It is amazingly valuable, and it will give you huge strength.”