This is the time of year that toads migrate to the breeding ponds, often in very large numbers. Unfortunately in some places, this requires them to cross roads, bringing them into the path of traffic. Additionally, males have an unfortunate tendency of stopping on roads, as they provide a nice flat surface for them to look for females. This means that in some areas, they are being killed in huge numbers. The problem is particularly bad during the end of February and March, when dusk coincides with rush hour.
One way that we can help with this is by performing 'Toad Patrols', where we don our High-vis clothing and head out with buckets and torches to collect toads off the roads and cross them safely to the other side.
I spoke to a member today from Dinas Powys who has started up her own Toad Patrol and is out every wet night helping toads cross the road. She has put up signs on the road asking people to slow down and has received a good response from her neighbours, with many people now making sure they look for toads on the road. At the end of February, she helped 150 toads to cross the road safely. Well done!
You can help by looking out for toads on wet nights when the temperature reaches over 5°C and driving carefully past them. Or if you know of an area where toads are being killed on the roads in high numbers, and you would like advice on how to start your own Toad Patrol, contact us on 01656 724100. If you'd like to help with organised Toad Patrols, contact your local Amphibian and Reptile Group- details can be found here.