Toads on roads, and lots of them!
Tonight with an increase in temperature I suspected the mass toad migration not far from my village may have already begun. Arriving at a moorland lodge just before dusk, I found a recently killed toad dead on the road. Upon inspecting the edges of the lodge I found about a dozen male Common toads (Bufo bufo), that were awaiting the arrival of the larger females. As darkness approached I started to see Common toads all around the lodge, making their way to the water. Walking back to the main road I came across two local ‘Toads on roads’ volunteers Gordon and Margaret from Lumbetts village near Todmorden (W Yorkshire), who had two buckets filled with toads that had been found on the main road passing through the hillside. Searching around with our torches we found many more toads that needed to be removed from danger, and thankfully we only saw one toad that had been hit by a car. It was nice to meet people in my area who were dedicated to helping local amphibians, and with rain expected over the next few days, the toad migration will peak, but its great to know there will be people there to help them on their way to their ponds 🙂