Sydney Frog Frenzy
Sydney frogs and educational craft kits
Sydney is renowned for its natural beauty of lush bushlands and incredible wetlands. The bushland is dominated by Sydney Sandstone Gully Forests, home to Sydney peppermint (Eucalyptus piperata) and Sydney Red Gums (Angophora costata) trees. These trees provide immense shade, leaf litter and enhance soil moisture on the ground within the bushland of Sydney. Bordering Sydney’s bushland are the wetlands which include marshes, coastal swamps, and creeks too. In these places you may find plants such as the Coral Fern (Gleichenia dicarpa), Spiny-head Matt-rush (Lomandra longifolia) or even Knobby Club-rush (Ficinia nodosa). These plants provide perfect habitat for local frogs of Sydney and where there are frogs, you have a healthy environment. Chances are, where you find frogs there will be a high biodiversity in flora and fauna too.
Have you heard or seen any frogs lately?
Although frogs are usually small and unseen, Sydney’s frog population continues to fluctuate in most environments and there are a few factors that influence these changes. Whether it is water quality and quantity, habitat loss, invasive species, diseases or changes in local weather patterns, frogs are very sensitive to environmental changes. In Sydney’s winter last year, there were many frog sightings during the daytime but frogs are usually nocturnal and in addition, there were many reports of frog deaths with red markings on their bellies and feet. Could it be the deadly Chytrid Fungus or something else causing frog deaths? Nonetheless, it is not clear as yet to what the cause was but what is clear now, there is an increase in Sydney’s frog populations.
What about the recent rainfall?
With the increased rainfall and mild temperatures experienced in Sydney lately, there has been more frog sightings and less reports of frog deaths. Frogs to be on the lookout for is the Red-crowned Toadlet (Pseudophyne australis), Green Stream Frog (Litoria phyllochroa), Common Eastern Froglet (Crinia signifera), Striped Marsh Frog (Limnodynastes peronii) as well as the Green and Golden Bell Frog (Litoria aurea). Sydney Harbour National Park, Manly Dam and the ‘Brick Pit’ in Olympic Park are ideal places to explore Sydney’s bushland and wetlands and spot a frog frenzy.
Frogs on our tours
On our tours in Sydney Harbour National Park such as our Bradleys Head Tour, we often show our visitors the adorable Red-crowned Toadlets hidden among the Coral Fern along the rocky ditches. So, whether you are spotting frogs by yourself, with children or with an ecotourism certified business like us, always admire frogs from afar and avoid disturbing their environment.
Have you seen our frog frenzy kits for kids?
EcoWalks Tours Frog Frenzy Kits are now available. Our educational craft kits have proven to be a huge hit with curious kids. These kits are eco friendly as they are made from ethically and environmentally sourced materials. Materials include recycled paper, eco friendly paints, vegetable based inks, Australian air dried clay and plaster as well as composting cellophane packaging. The kit also includes our fun facts cards on each frog. These cards focus on the Red-Crowned Toadlet, Striped Marsh Frog as well as the Green and Golden Bell Frog. With a range of 7 different eco friendly paint colours, your kids are going to love painting their own frog. The perfect idea for gifts, birthday presents as well as the best activity for kids to do indoors on a rainy day.