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Thread: Gormley to spend €120k counting frogs.

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    Default Gormley to spend €120k counting frogs.

    The lead story in tomorrow Daily Mail, is a report about Gormley hiring 70 people to count frogs, and I presume its not French people, but the slimey animals.

    This is being report a day ahead of the budget from hell.

    What a country.

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    As long as they can still post all day long about the sea rising then these 70 will be gainfully employed. So what if they miss a frog or two because all frogs look alike to me and a few missing is of little concern

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    All money for this kind of thing should be already provided for as a result of obligations under Habitats directive.
    I'm sure there are people who are already under State employ who could carry out this sort of thing without much additional costs; it's a bit like the times when the give out about Gardaν costs for policing events -that's what they're paid for.

    But I do think the possibility of the disappearance of an entire class of vertebrates from the country is an important issue and does deserve attention.
    (no sarcasm intended - it just reads that way)

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    Is it frogs or toads? I could understand if they were counting Natterjack toads, I don't think Common Frogs are even a protected species here.
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    Actually, things like counting frogs are important to knowing about our eco-system - it's the way that the f-ing prat goes about it that pi$$es you off... 70 people who cared about this would volunteer and do the job because they wanted to - but No, he has to hire them - through FAS perhaps? Although I don't think that FAS have actually turned out anyone capable of taking part in a nationwide frog-count. Unless they got a phony diploma from some 'associate outfit' And I wouldn't be surprised to learn that Gormless has hired a consultant to guide him in this endeavour.

    I still believe that things like this are important, before anyone starts 'trolling' me (I know who they are now,) as I say, it's the way that these fools go about it that hurts. Anyway, maybe he'll fall in a pond.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Malbekh View Post
    Is it frogs or toads? I could understand if they were counting Natterjack toads, I don't think Common Frogs are even a protected species here.
    They soon could be - general population collapse and even disappearance in many areas.
    I uses to see thousands in Dublin; now about one every two years, washed down from the mountains, I think.

    Interestingly, our Natterjacks might be a distinct sub-species present here since before the Ice Age.

    Not sure how newts are doing - only ever saw them in Wicklow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teapot View Post
    Actually, things like counting frogs are important to knowing about our eco-system
    Yeah, and that's what we need right now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teapot View Post
    Actually, things like counting frogs are important to knowing about our eco-system - it's the way that the f-ing prat goes about it that pi$$es you off... 70 people who cared about this would volunteer and do the job because they wanted to - but No, he has to hire them - through FAS perhaps? Although I don't think that FAS have actually turned out anyone capable of taking part in a nationwide frog-count. Unless they got a phony diploma from some 'associate outfit' And I wouldn't be surprised to learn that Gormless has hired a consultant to guide him in this endeavour.

    I still believe that things like this are important, before anyone starts 'trolling' me (I know who they are now,) as I say, it's the way that these fools go about it that hurts. Anyway, maybe he'll fall in a pond.
    Fully agree with you; fair play.

    Yes; I'm sure voluteers supervised by a few zoological specialists could do the job - sample sites are identified in different regions and counts take over a period of time.
    Theres' a whole netwok of online volunteer surveys of this type in other countries; Birdwatch Ireland are the only comparable thing I know of here.

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