Who we are
Froglife is managed by a board of trustees with a wide variety of experience and a senior management team with varied professional backgrounds. A team of experienced staff deliver conservation and education projects across the UK, supported by the administration team. We also have a board of external advisors with expertise in a range of fields. Finally, Froglife is supported by dedicated volunteers who work on every project and in our offices to help us deliver results for our species and project participants.
Froglife is a registered charity in England & Wales (no. 1093372) and Scotland (no. SC041854)
Vision and mission
Froglife is a national wildlife conservation charity concerned with the conservation of the UK’s reptile and amphibian species and their associated habitats. Our holistic approach to nature conservation enables us to take individuals on a wildlife journey, whilst also delivering amazing results for our amphibian and reptile species.
Froglife’s vision is a world in which reptile and amphibian populations are flourishing as part of healthy ecosystems.
Froglife’s Mission Statement: We make practical differences to improve amphibian and reptile habitats. We engage diverse communities and encourage learning about wildlife conservation. We inform global research on amphibians and reptiles.
Our Main Work Streams
Why what we do matters
Froglife’s work to conserve amphibians and reptiles in the UK is crucial. Our work fits into a global need to protect animals like frogs, toads, newts snakes and lizards, and we aim to make sure that the species we have in the UK are able to flourish and will continue to do so for future generations.
Both amphibians and reptiles are suffering from global declines, meaning that many animals are threatened with extinction. In the UK, the picture is not quite as bleak – yet – and we want to keep it that way.
Animals like frogs, newts, toads, lizards and snakes face a number of threats, including:
- Loss of habitat – we are building and developing areas where the animals live, and breaking up their habitat with roads
- Pollution – particularly for amphibians who are very sensitive to changes in water quality, chemicals can be a big problem
- Disease – there are a couple of really worrying diseases affecting amphibians, you can find out more here
- Exploitation – with some amphibians and reptiles across the world used for food and other products, there is a concern that trades are not sustainable and can affect wild populations
- Persecution – humans have a tendency to eliminate wild animals if they are perceived as pests or a threat to people, particularly snakes. This can also be a problem for non-venomous species, which can be confused for their more dangerous relatives.
- Climate change – changes in seasonal temperature and rainfall may affect amphibians and reptiles in different ways: an increase in warm and wet winters may reduce the body condition of amphibians resulting in poorer breeding the following year; drier periods in spring and summer may result in ponds drying more quickly, preventing larvae from metamorphosing; warmer autumn temperatures may lead to range expansions of our reptile species in Scotland.
Froglife is committed to helping wild amphibians and reptiles thrive, and all of our work feeds into this aim.
If you would like to read more, the PDF below contains in-depth analysis by our Vice Chair of Trustees, Prof. Roger Downie:
Policies & Procedures
We have robust policies to support our work. Here are some of our key policies: