helping amphibians to survive


Toadwatch was started in 2004 - initially to help amphibians in the Bowthorpe and Little Melton areas to the west of Norwich in the United Kingdom.  These are both important breeding sites and are registered with Froglife.   Since then we have helped many other people to set up patrols to save their local toads.  Please see the contacts page if you would like help to set up a new patrol.

Click here to see a map of where we operate - the satellite view shows the ponds

During the migration season - which takes place on warm, wet evenings between February and April - volunteers carry toads and frogs across the road in buckets.  Many thousands of animals are saved each year - without this help the local toad populations could become extinct.  Toads can live up to 20 years and don't breed until their fourth spring.

Volunteers are given basic safety instructions and asked to wear a Hi Viz vest or jacket when working in the road.  The work is too dangerous for young children, as volunteers have to be responsible for their own safety  whilst they are helping the animals.