The Herpetological Journal is the Society's prestigious quarterly scientific journal. Articles are listed in Biological Abstracts, Current Awareness in Biological Sciences,Current Contents, Science Citation Index, and Zoological Record.
The 2017/18 impact factor of The Herpetological Journal is 1.268
Authors: Jim P. Foster And Trevor J . C. Beebee
Abstract: In the UK, research has improved our understanding of amphibian popul ations, their habitats, threats and the effectiveness of conservation measures. The greatest research effort has been directed to the protected and declining species, notably Triturus cristatus, Bufa calamita and Rana lessonae. However, several challenges arise when attempting to employ research findings as a tool to shape policy. Wild populations and threats to them are not often simple systems that invite straightforward investigation. Extrapolating from small studies to more comprehensive appl i cation can also generate problems, especially with widespread species. The standards of confidence commonly used in science may not be directly transferable to conservation policy, as in conservation it is often desirable to apply the precautionary principle. When constructing policies, it is important to be realistic about the constraints that may be imposed due to factors beyond the control of conservation agencies and researchers, notably those of a legislative or socioeconomic nature. There is a need for conservation practitioners to engage more closely with scientists, with a view to identifying the current knowledge gaps that hinder the achievement of conservation gains. The increasing success of B. calamita reintroductions provides an excellent illustration of such an application of scientific knowledge.
Keywords: crested newt, natterjack toad, population ecology, research