helping amphibians to survive

Common Toad

What we do

Toadwatch operates in Norfolk - please see Froglife for the rest of the UK.

Frogs, Toads and Newts are all threatened by loss of habitat and by diseases introduced from abroad.  Toads are more particular than frogs about where they breed and spend the winter further away from their breeding sites. 

Many toads are killed when they cross roads to get back to their breeding pond in spring.   The toads move after dusk when it is damp and warmer than 5c.  Toadwatch volunteers help the toads to cross the roads safely - without this help many toad populations would become extinct.  The Costessey Patrol have made two videos about their work.  Please see About for more information.

The 2019 migration will start at some time between mid February and early March - depending on the temperature.  Some patrols hold planning meetings before the migration, see the Calendar - new patrollers are always needed!

See the map of the crossings that we patrol and contacts if you would like to help next spring.  The patrols are also listed on Patrols page.  

There are migration reports for Previous Years.

The decline in toad numbers was covered by the BBC and the press during 2016,  who also broadcast an unusual program about toads on Radio 4.  Well worth listening to!

You can support Froglife (the national charity that looks after amphibians) by becoming a Froglife Friend

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