Stop toads being squashed on the roads - GWT's Ellen Winter

Stroud News and Journal: It is estimated that over 20 tonnes of toads are killed on roads every year It is estimated that over 20 tonnes of toads are killed on roads every year

LAST spring an amazing 1,700 amorous toads were saved from death on the roads around the Stroud district, writes Ellen Winter of Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust.

But GWT needs more help from the public to patrol local roads as there are still unmanned crossings.

Over 70 volunteer toad patrollers from all walks of life took part last year.

It’s simple, patrollers head out on mild evenings between February and April, wearing a high visibility jacket to keep an eye on known toad crossings and help them across the road in a bucket.

It’s easy to take part and I run optional training sessions to tell you all you need to know to become a ‘toad patroller’ – there is one in Dursley on Tuesday, February 11, from 6-8pm, just contact us on 01452 383333 to book.

Each year thousands of toads migrate back to the ponds where they were born.

On their journey they are looking for love, so that they can breed once again back at the pond.

But many don’t make it, and their 12 year lifespan is cut brutally short, due to traffic.

We want to know if you know of any toad crossing points near you and if you have time to help keep an eye on it, reporting when the toads are crossing.

It is estimated that over 20 tonnes of toads are killed on roads every year, but with your help we can help our local toads to cross the road.

If you would like more information on how to become a toad patroller please contact Ellen Winter on ellen.winter@gloucestershirewildlifetrust.co.uk or 01452 383333.

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