helping amphibians to survive


Torches - needs to last at least an hour.  Rechargeable is best but be aware that the large very bright torches that  are frequently sold in DIY stores are too bright as the light bounces back and does not allow you to develop night vision and some only run for 15 mins after a charge.  They probably give the toads a headache as well!
A broad even beam is best as you are looking for toads at about 5m distance - not 500m!

Holding your torch at eye level enables you to see the light bouncing back from the toads' eyes and to spot them more easily at a distance.

Head torches are good because they leave your hands free but not easy to wear with a hat or hood and it is often raining when the toads are moving.  Also it is very easy to blind car drivers and other toaders by accident!  The light can bounce back at you from road signs and puddles.

The torches below have been found to be suitable -