This summer an article about amphibians’ reproduction sites in protected sites and commercial forests, where the authors also used data from the Estonian Fund for Nature mire restoration project sites was published. The authors of the article “Amphibians in drained forest landscapes: Conservation opportunities for commercial forests and protected sites” are Liina Remm, Maarja Vaikre, Riinu Rannap and Marko Kohv.
Forest drainage has led to the loss of a considerable number of wetlands, especially in the northern hemisphere and this influences also amphibians’ reproduction sites. In the article it was investigated which conservation measures would still help amphibians to cope with the situation. Based on the research the authors recommend:
- to allow beaver floodings in commercial forest by using e.g. (temporary) set asides,
- to construct mitigation pools during ditch maintenance,
- to block ditches in protection areas, at least in sites with no beaver dams.