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Could you help toads cross roads?

PUBLISHED: 13:48 16 January 2018

The common toad is no longer common in the UK due to road deaths. Photo by Simon Finlay

The common toad is no longer common in the UK due to road deaths. Photo by Simon Finlay

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The common toad is not so common anymore - and roads are the main cause of their decline.

John Heaser, Norfolk Toadwatch co-ordinator. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY John Heaser, Norfolk Toadwatch co-ordinator. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

During nightfall in spring, toads migrate to ancestral ponds to breed and during these migrations thousands of toads are killed by cars.

Toadwatch is a voluntary organisation which aims to play a part in preventing the possible extinction of the species. The job of volunteers is to monitor likely crossing points and carry toads across the road in buckets.

Georgette Vale, of Wymondham Toadwatch, said: “All it entails is being on a rota and being prepared to go a few times each week for an hour or so during the springtime with a bucket, a torch and a hi-vis vest.

“Even if you cannot help us, then please drive extra carefully at dusk in springtime near to ponds.”

To find out more about Wymondham Toadwatch, contact Miss Vale on 01953 605434, or to find out more about the other 17 patrols, visit Toadwatch.org

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