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Dragon Finder

London

London Dragon Finder Project Event

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On Friday 24th February, Froglife celebrated the end of their flagship London Dragon Finder project with a conference and celebration event at ZSL London Zoo. The Huxley Conference Room venue was booked with the help of another Froglife partner project, the Garden Wildlife Health project.

The day began with a quick register then our guests were free to browse our project displays and variety of information leaflets covering all things Herp! Once everyone took their seats in the auditorium, the talks began with a formal welcome by Froglife’s CEO, Kathy Wormald.

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The first main talk was by the London Dragon Finder Project manager, Alan Shearman, who detailed what the project was all about, the activities it entailed and the positive impact it has had on London’s people and green spaces. One of our fantastic volunteers, and film-maker Katie Garrett created a selection of lovely videos showcasing our project.

The talks continued with Becki Lawson, from the Garden Wildlife Heath project, who discussed the importance and value of citizen science for conservation projects. Then joining us from the University of Cambridge, Laurie Parma  talked us through some of her research on ‘The impact of Nature on people’s happiness’.

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The talks ended by a ‘Toadly’ awesome presentation from Froglife patron, Jules Howard, who told us all why he loved toads and the great importance of conserving these animals. This was particularly poignant talk due to the recent publication on the decline of Common Toad populations in the UK.

Common Toad (Bufo bufo)

Common Toad (Bufo bufo)

Once the talks had concluded, and the project and the people behind it has been applauded, everyone was invited to further celebrate it’s achievements at a drinks reception. This gave people the opportunity to talk to those involved with the London Dragon Finder project and to find out what else they could do with Froglife to help amphibian and reptile populations in the UK.

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