Bristol volunteers needed to help toads cross the road... to get to breeding grounds
VOLUNTEERS are being encouraged to hop to it to save hundreds of toads, frogs and newts from being killed as they make their perilous annual breeding migration.
Every year toads, frogs and newts migrate from their winter resting sites to breed. Toads in particular are very fussy about where they breed and like to return to their ancestral ponds – crossing busy roads.
Some roads have been closed for the breeding season, allowing the animals to cross safely, but many roads still remain open and busy.
Avon Reptile and Amphibian Group (ARAG) organise toad patrols in Fishponds, Bath and the Chew Valley. Patrols also take place in Pill and Abbots Leigh.
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Maddy Ivey, the UK conservation and communication officer for the Bristol Conservation and Science Foundation, said: "Volunteers will be needed over the coming weeks as toads will start to migrate when the weather reaches over five degrees."
She added: "We need volunteers between 6pm-10pm to help collect up hundreds of toads, frogs and newts. All you need is a bucket, torch and a high-visibility jacket."
To find out about volunteering for toad patrols in Fishponds, Chew Valley or Bath please contact Andy Ryder from Avon Reptile and Amphibian Group (ARAG) by email email@example.com.
For the patrol in Pill please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and for Abbots Leigh please email email@example.com.