How did the toad cross the road? With help from WWT Consulting staff!
The Common Toad Bufo bufo is a fantastic little amphibian; it is protected under the Wildlife and Countryside Act and is also classified as a priority species under the UK Biodiversity Action Plan. At this time of year they start to migrate back to their breeding ponds and, being a bit picky about where they want their off-spring to develop, they go back to the same breeding ponds each year. Toads do not fare too well against cars, lorries and even a wayward boot and during their migration they are at risk as they have to cross roads to get back to the breeding ponds. They move at night, when they are difficult to see and so very vulnerable.
Some of our staff are volunteering their evenings to help out by patrolling roads with known crossings and moving any toads to safety and helping them on their way.The pond near us is an old established breeding ground and over 400 toads were counted last season. Every toad helped across the road helps to secure the future of the species.
If you would like to find out more about toads and how to help out on your local Toad Patrol, check out the Froglife website for more information.