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Amphibian species around the world are unusually vulnerable to a variety of threats, by no means all of which are properly understood. Volume 11 in this major series will be published in parts devoted to the causes of amphibian decline and to conservation measures in regions of the world; this Part 3 is concerned with Western Europe (Britain, Ireland, The Netherlands, Belgium, France, Spain and Portugal).
Experts from each country contribute a chapter describing the ecological background and the conservation status of affected species, with an emphasis on native species. As well as infectious diseases and parasites (also covered in a general chapter), threats take the form of introduced and invasive species, pollution, destruction and alteration of habitat, and climate change. These are discussed as they affect each species. All these countries have monitoring schemes and conservation programmes, whose origins and activities are described. Recommendations for action are also made.
Edited by leading scholars in the field, Volume 11, when complete, will therefore provide a definitive survey of the amphibian predicament and a stimulus to further research with the objective of arresting the global decline of an entire class of animal.
31 Infectious Diseases that May Threaten Europe’s Amphibians
Trenton W. J. Garner, An Martel, Jon Bielby, Jaime Bosch, Lucy G. Anderson, Anna Meredith, Andrew A. Cunningham, Matthew C. Fisher, Daniel A. Henk, and Frank Pasmans
32 Conservation and Declines of Amphibians in Ireland
33 Amphibian Declines and Conservation in Britain
John W. Wilkinson and Richard A. Griffiths
34 Conservation and Declines of Amphibians in The Netherlands
Anton H. P. Stumpel
35 Amphibian Declines and Conservation in Belgium
Gerald Louette and Dirk Bauwens
36 Amphibian Declines and Conservation in France
Jean-Pierre Vacher and Claude Miaud
37 Conservation and Declines of Amphibians in Spain
Cesar Ayres, Enrique Ayllon, Jaime Bosch, Alberto Montori, Manuel Ortiz-Santaliestra and Vicente Sancho
38 Conservation and Declines of Amphibians in Portugal
Rui Rebelo, Maria José Domingues Castro, Maria João Cruz, José Miguel Oliveira, José Teixeira, and Eduardo Crespo