Toads

Every year toads that spend the summer in the wood hibernate until spring. In late February or early March they emerge and move to the pool they were born in to breed. For the toads that move to Lulsley lagoon, means that they have to cross a busyroad. They do this at night, often pausing for a while on the tarmac, because this absorbs heat during the day and so is warmer than the surrounding soil. We would normally go out each evening and collect the toads, check their condition and then take them across the road to Lulsley Lagoon.Over the ten years to 2007 the best year totalled in the region of 200. A good number you might think. Well in 2008 we took part in an experiment, errecting a mesh fence for 100 meters along the edge of the road to block the toads route. They would try to move around this, and fall into the buckets dug into the ground along the fence line. Collecting them each morning. A much easier and safer option. The first toads were caught on 25th february 2008 with a total of 593 safely moved across the road. This proved to be so successfull we use the same method each year.


 


The Worcestershire Wildlife Trust have produced a Toad patrol factsheet, you can download it by clicking here

 

Tuppence a Toad is a national campaign, which launched on 1st October 2010, to raise some much needed funds and awareness for Froglife's Toads on Roads project. During the year-long campaign froglife will be holding events and fundraising activities, asking people to collect their tuppences and other small change, and challenging businesses to donate 2p for every toad helped during the spring 2011 migration.

 

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