We intend to be back at Ward’s Reservoir, Belmont to carry out our third year of toad patrolling very soon – this could be only weeks away as Froglife have reports of toads moving in Surrey and Hampshire now. Belmont’s that bit cooler but even so… climate change, etc.
It can be wet and cold, but it’s very rewarding and does make a difference.
Few skills needed- just some equipment if you have it, if not then let us know (torch,reflective gear, gloves, waterproofs) and enthusiasm!
Secondly, another appeal for reports of any other toad crossings of roads you know about where mortality of them (and frogs, newts etc) is an issue. There is another registered patrol in the Gillibrand area of Chorley (contact details at Froglife https://www.froglife.org) but are there none in Croston, Eccleston, Coppull, Adlington and anywhere else? Please let us know.
The website in its present format has been around for quite a while now. We have been tardy in introducing a section on local sites. That is under review at the moment. If you have anything to contribute, please let us know.
Contact the society by e-mail to the Secretary (Paul Brennan)
The common toads’ migration has begun. As we did last year, we are organising Toad Patrols in the Belmont area to see them safely across the main road near their breeding site. The patrol is designed to ferry toads from one side of Rivington Rd to the other, from marshy ground where they’ve been hibernating to the relative safety of the reservoir, for them to spawn.
Last night (21st March) was our first night this year and was a good first night -the migration is certainly under way.
Final count -toads 33 moved including four pairs already coupled up, 1 frog and two smooth or palmate newts.(need to work on identification!) Unfortunately, we missed 3 toads and a newt that didn’t make it.
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