A Poem for Froglife: written by Madeleine Barnes, Transforming Lives Trainee
In Britain’s green embrace, a noble quest,
To shield her creatures, wild and unconfined,
From fen to heath, in every verdant nest,
We guard with care, our destinies entwined.
Stunning reptiles, secretive and shy,
Amphibians, in marsh and pond they dwell,
Beneath the bounds of Britain’s sprawling sky,
In hidden worlds are wonders we must tell.
Banded grass snake, it hunts by water’s side,
From eggs come bodies someday five feet long,
Smooth newts on wet land crawl with bellies pied,
And famous frog does leap with back legs strong.
Toads trill their ancient songs in moonlit swamps,
And slowworms bask beneath the dappled light,
Great crest’s white flash displayed with mighty pomp,
Swift lizard scurries away from your sight.
The adder, serpent of the heath and glade,
A symbol of our wild and untamed past,
With caution, let us roam where they have strayed,
And in their coils find diamonds unsurpassed.
With habitat and climate under threat,
Preserve the homes where creatures find their rest,
Let’s strive to keep their future safe, course set,
In harmony with nature, we are blessed.
By education and a watchful eye,
We’ll shield their habitats, their spirits free,
So generations yet to come may spy,
The wonders of these creatures, as should be.
Through conservation’s lens, we find our way,
To nurture habitats, protect their space,
With passion strong, these efforts never sway,
To keep our critters in their rightful place.
So, let us guard these treasures of the land,
With steady hearts and caring, gentle hand.