On May 27, 2022, we went to the project site to check the impact of the recent droughts on the environment. We have been receiving signals for some time that the number of amphibians in Poland has drastically decreased this year. As soon as we arrived, we noticed that the ground was covered with cracks in many places. We also noticed that the water reservoirs contain much less water than during our last visit.
To our great joy, we noticed many tadpoles in the shallow waters of the reservoir. After closer inspection, we noticed a floating European green toad. Our observations show that tadpoles we noticed measure from a few millimeters to 1 cm in length, and therefore they are in the initial stage of development. It takes about 60 days for the tadpole to transform into a form of a toad. This means that until mid-July we have to constantly monitor the water level in the reservoir so that it does not dry out, and thus thousands of amphibians become extinct.
Fortunately, we took two buckets with us and started refilling the water level in the reservoir from the nearby large water reservoir. We carried more than 300 liters of water with our own hands to refill a small tank with tadpoles. At the end of our visit, it started to rain, which also allows us to hope for an increase of the amount of water in the tank. Our goal is to maintain different types of reservoirs and habitats so that amphibians can develop and live there.