Bruce Crawford MSP, slow-worm champion at the Scottish Parliament, has encouraged local residents to get involved with Froglife – a charity that is committed to the conservation of amphibians and reptiles – frogs, toads, newts, snakes and lizards – as well as the habitats they depend on.


Mr Crawford met up with Dr Victoria Larcombe, Scottish Dragon Finder Project Manager, at Balquhidderock Wood this week to see emerging slow worms at the start of the spring season.


Commenting, Bruce Crawford said:


“We have phenomenal array of cold-blooded creatures in this part of the world and it is important that we do what we can to protect their environment.


“Due to the prolonged cold weather period, we were unfortunately unable to see any slow worms at Balquhidderock the other day – although this is normally the correct time of year to see some activity.


“This demonstrates how delicately balanced their habitat is and why we must conserve it as best we can so that we can continue to live next to these remarkable creatures.


“Therefore I would encourage local residents to get involved. Froglife are looking for volunteers and my office will happily put people in touch with the local team.”