Vulnerable frog populations have bounced back at Newcastle’s Kooragang Island after being depleted by drought.

The veritable frog haven comes after a successful project that aimed to improve the habitat of species like the green and golden bell frog.

National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) Bush Regeneration and Volunteering Officer, Boyd Carney, said frogs in the area were greatly affected by low rainfall.

“The idea was to enhance their habitat through plantings and weed removal and make it easier for them to move across the landscape and access the available wetland habitat across the island,” he said.

“Luckily, we did get some rain, and this has greatly benefited the frog populations and improved the odds of survival.

“Volunteers play a major part in threatened species conservation, not only with their contributions to on-ground work, but also in other ways, such as reporting sightings of threatened species which help researchers track what is happening with species over time.

“They bring so much energy and passion to their work, and their efforts are much appreciated.

“This work will improve terrestrial habitat long-term, support the booming population, and assist in the ongoing survival of frog species.”

NPWS will continue to work with Hunter Local Land Services and Conservation Volunteers Australia to prioritise the ongoing recovery of the frogs.

The site is also partly managed by Hunter Central Coast Development Corporation, BHP, Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group and University of Newcastle.