Virus hits common UK frog species

Common frog populations around the UK have seen numbers tumble by more than four-fifths in the face of a virus spreading through the country, scientists warned.

Populations infected with the disease Ranavirus, which is thought to be relatively new to the UK, suffered an average 81 per cent decrease in adult frogs over a 12-year period, research from the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) found.