Ros heads down under to find and record frogs

PUBLISHED: 12:00 20 November 2010

Ros Spice going on a trip to Australias Vanishing Frogs.

Ros Spice going on a trip to Australias Vanishing Frogs.

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TRUDGING though Australian swamps, getting crawled over by creepy insects and sitting out in the dark for hours sounds more like the experience of a wannabe celebrity.

Ros Spice going on a trip to Australias Vanishing Frogs.

But one retired Hutton woman is preparing to put herself through all of this, and more, for the sake of rare, endangered species of frogs.

Ros Spice, aged 67, is jetting out to the Australia to search out and record sightings of frogs along river banks in the Watagans rainforest.

Camping out with a team of conservationists, Mrs Spice will spend five days in the forests, sitting out in the dark to seek out the slimy amphibians.

The trip in January, funded entirely by herself, will be her third with worldwide group Earthwatch.

Mrs Spice, of Elmhurst Road, said: “It will be creepy at times, you get all sorts crawling all over you while sitting still in the dark, but I look forward to it.

“I want to help group record sightings of the rare frogs so we can get a good idea of how our wildlife is doing.

“Yes, it will be dark and lonely at times, but the satisfaction you get from helping is tremendous.”

The group is concentrating on frogs following a report that found over the past 20 years, five per cent of frog species had become extinct.

Mrs Spice added: “They say the health of the frog is a good measurement of how our world is doing, so if we’re losing frog species, that tells us we need to be doing more to save our wildlife.”

Earlier this year, Mrs Spice travelled to Wycoming in North America to study songbirds as part of another Earthwatch expedition.

Working along scientists, she spotted bison, moose, coyote, wolves, mountain lions and bears during the week-long visit.

Earthwatch is an environmental organisation which invites people to work with scientists monitoring the world’s wildlife.

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