Helping amphibians to survive

The toads  move from the woods to the south west of the A134 to the ponds to the north. 

This is a difficult patrol as there traffic is moving very fast.  With the help of Forestry ecologist, Neal Armour-Chelu, volunteers have errected a drift fence made from damp proof course material.

The fence is set at a safe distance from the road with a bucket trap set at 10m intervals.  During the migration period the bucket lids are off and they are checked 4 times each day and the toads are taken safely to the pond.  The fence has proved highly successful in its first year of use (2013), with 8,133 toads being helped.  50% of these were from the  buckets or were behind the fence.  


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